When we get out of the glass bottle of our ego and when we escape like the squirrels in the cage of our personality and get into the forest again, we shall shiver with cold and fright. But things will happen to us so that we don’t know ourselves.
The identity of bitcoin’s creator, Satoshi Nakamoto, is one of the most intriguing mysteries of the Crypto world. Satoshi is not only regarded as the father of Bitcoin but also paved the way for all the altcoins in the world. But who is Satoshi Nakamoto? The answer has eluded everyone for more than a decade; it is a riddle wrapped inside a mysterious name which is difficult to solve.
A white paper titled Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System was published under the name Satoshi Nakamoto in the year 2008. A domain named Bitcoin.org with a free German email service were registered under this mysterious name. The manner the Bitcoin whitepaper was written and published, as well as the outbound communication was made during the initial years of Bitcoin, demonstrates the necessity of the Satoshi’s anonymity.
Many authors, researchers, individuals and even publications tried to unmask the man or the group behind the name but the enduring mystery is here to stay.
We are going to list out the usual and probable suspects in/of this case.
1 Dorian Nakamoto
When Dorian Nakamoto said that he was no longer involved in that and cannot discuss it, to Leah McGrath Goodman, award-winning investigative journalist, it just spread like a wildfire.
Dorian Prentice Satoshi Nakamoto, a Japanese American man living in California whose birth name is Satoshi Nakamoto, was identified as person of interest by Goodman (the information is available on wiki and other platforms). In addition to his identity, Goodman cited a number of facts that indicated he was the creator of Bitcoin. But Dorian was clearly opposed to the suggestion made by Goodman. He stated in a few interviews that he misconstrued Goodman’s query as being about his Citibank employment and previous work for Military.
But Dorian has even been dubbed “the best Satoshi Nakamoto suspect in years” by many around the globe.
2 Craig Wright
Craig Wright is pretty opposite of Dorian Nakamoto. He is strikingly different; where Dorian is trying to run away from the limelight but Craig is running towards it.
Craig is a computer scientist and entrepreneur from Australia. He, on many occasions, has publicly claimed to be a key member of the bitcoin development team. A lawsuit was filed by Dave Kleiman against him for fraud and later Craig filed defamation cases and sent legal notices to many who debunked his claim. Much of the media and the cryptocurrency community believe these assertions are bogus.
3 Group of companies
This never gets old. A few even claimed that it is the short of SAmsung, TOSHIba, NAKAmichi, and MOTOrola. So, some suggest that these firms or a group of developers from these firms joined together to build the technology.
Nicholas Szabo is a computer scientist, cryptographer, and legal researcher who specializes in smart contracts, blockchain and digital currency. His vast knowledge, work and write-ups on digital currency and smart contracts led many to believe that he is Satoshi despite of the fact that he denied it publicly.
5 Hal Finney
Hal was a cryptographer and a lead developer on several console games. He was also an early bitcoin contributor, receiving the first bitcoin transaction from Satoshi Nakamoto, the creator of bitcoin. Receiving the white paper on Bitcoin and having the close resemblance of writing style on white paper lead a faction to believe that he is Satoshi. He died of ALS in 2014.
6 Amaury Sechet
Bitcoin Cash’s founder, Amaury Sechet. Sechet initially tweeted, “I am Satoshi Nakamoto, and I have proof,” but later removed it. A short-lived claim.
7 Adam Back
Adam Back is the General Manager of Blockstream and even communicated or exchanged mails with Satoshi in the past. But he also denied the claim.
John McAfee claimed he knows the identity but would not reveal it. The light even fell on Fast Company, Dr. Vili Lehdonvirta and Irish student Michael Clear, Shinichi Mochizuki and many others. But as they say “the truth is still out there”, waiting to be prevailed.