Bitcoin has been widely increasing in adoption worldwide, yet the controversy about its creator is still undone. Everyone knows that Satoshi Nakamoto is the name but no one knows who the real person is. A lot of people assumed he is a person but some speculations say that the name pertains to a group of people because it could be not just one person who created the digital currency.
Who is Satoshi Nakamoto?
In May 2016, an Australian computer scientist named Craig Wright claimed in public that he is Satoshi Nakamoto. As not yet been proven true, Wright said in BBC that he will prove it by sending some of the early mined bitcoins where many believed owned by Nakamoto. In relation to this, he even wrote and published an article in his own blog which contains a digital signature. However, Core Developer Jonas Schnelli twitted a proof that the signature is just from a 2009 transaction.
Gavin Andresen, Bitcoin Core developer and one of the known personalities who has had conversations with Satoshi through emails posted on his own blog that Wright is indeed the creator of Bitcoin. Gavin explains that he witnessed himself, Wright, signing a private key from the very first mined block in London. Yet, he then said it was a mistake to post about it after proofs of fraud came out. Nevertheless, Andersen still believes that Wright is Satoshi Nakamoto basing on
In addition, a commentary from Ian Grigg of FinancialCryptography.com says Wright is a team leader of a group of people that created Bitcoin. He also mentioned the late Dave Kleiman to be a part of the team.
Another believer that Wright is Satoshi is Marco Santory. A lawyer at Pillsbury, he said at Consensus 2016 that how Wright speaks is very similar to earlier emails of Satoshi Nakamoto.
On the other hand, Vitalik Buterin, the founder of Ethereum believes Craig is not Satoshi. He explained that Wright had the chance to take two ways of proving it. The first is by posting the signature publicly on his blog and the second one could have been showing it to a few people only. Vitalik added that theory says if you are given a noisy way and a good way in proving something, and you chose the noisy way, then you could not do a good way.
Also, the weekly news magazine The Economist also doubted Wright’s assertion. Even though they do not stop on tailing with the story, they are less convinced with evidence. They said on Coindesk that Wright should have to give more proof to further support his claim.
Chain Oleg Andreev, a blogger and architect at blockchain startup, termed Craig Wright as a “brilliant Troll”. He said in his blog that all Craig’s claims are either irrelevant or a straight-out made-up. It means that Wright could either be just using his own knowledge of how Bitcoin works or purely fabricated evidence.
If ever Craig Wright is true to himself, then the mystery about Satoshi Nakamoto will end but if not, we will continue the search for the creator’s real identity. Stay tuned for the drama unfolding. Will the true Satoshi Nakamoto emerge? Is he even Japanese? Tell us what you think in the comments below and don’t forget to share.