One of the biggest mysteries of the 21st century is who is the man who came up with the concept of bitcoin. An entire decade has passed since the mysterious user who went by the name of Satoshi Nakamoto published bitcoin whitepaper. And three years after revealing his cryptocurrency masterpiece, Satoshi Nakamoto disappeared, never to be heard again.
Speculated Reasons for Nakamoto’s Disappearance
There are some people who think that he’s died. Others think that Satoshi never existed and that his online profile was controlled by a group of people. Still, most people do believe that Satoshi is alive and well, spending his BTCs to enjoy life. After all, he probably has hundreds of them, if not thousands in some of his BTC wallets.
But his initial wallet, the one used when he started with this project in 2008, is still there and all of the BTCs are intact. The fact that he hasn’t spent any money from that account is the main reason why some people believe he’s died or got very sick before bitcoin reached the value it has today.
This brings us to Hal Finney, who died in 2014 after years of struggle with Lou Gehrig’s disease. The reason why he might actually be the man the entire world is looking for is that he was one party in the world’s first BTC transaction. Satoshi Nakamoto was the other. Another reason why Finney might be the one is that he used to work at PGP Corporation as an encryption software developer, before retiring in 2011.
Other People Who Fit the Profile
Dorian Nakamoto – Obviously, the man with the name Dorian Prentice Satoshi Nakamoto has gotta be one of the prime suspects. Furthermore, his background in defense software development makes the argument even stronger. And the thing that makes people think it’s not him but Finney is that the two lived close to one another. Perhaps Hal Finney simply acquired his neighbor’s identity?
Nick Szabo – This guy had come up with a similar idea to cryptocurrency years before Satoshi Nakamoto made his bitcoin whitepaper public. Szabo’s version of decentralized digital currency was called bit gold.
Charles Bry, Vladimir Oksman, and Neal King – In 2008, these three men applied for a patent using this phrase to describe it: computationally impractical to reverse. And the reason why this is so important is that the exact phrase was used by Satoshi Nakamoto in his whitepaper a few days later.
As of November 2018, we still can’t say for certain who Satoshi Nakamoto is. And new speculations appear on a regular basis. One that caught the public’s eye is the claim of Craig Wright, a computer scientist from Australia. According to him, he was a part of the group that controlled the online profile of Satoshi Nakamoto.
Obviously, anyone can claim that it’s them who created bitcoin, so why would we trust this guy? Because he recently posted a screenshot of a BTC transaction from January 9, 2009, which is the same day when Bitcoin version 0.1 was released. What this means that even if he isn’t Satoshi, he might have been involved with him pretty closely.