Today the Australian Craig Wright admitted to be the man behind the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto, the man who invented Bitcoin, the cryptocurrency everyone is talking about in the last few years.
If you don’t know what Bitcoins are, think about a very particular currency which is mathematically generated so that its value could not be controlled by governments or banks. Of course Bitcoins are also anonymous, something which initially helped its adoption in the black markets of Deep Web. Luckily 8 years later there are a lot of legitimate uses for this cryptocurrency as many organizations are starting to accept them as a payment method.
It’s very strange that after so many years the creator of Bitcoin has decided to reveal his real name. In the past there were a lot of speculations abut who invented this currency and last december Craig Wright’s name already came out after an investigation of Wired. There were a lot of indications that Carig could be name, but not a definitive proof. A proof which has been released today, when Wright revealed on his blog to be the man known as Satoshi Nakamoto, showing mathematical proof of his statement: some keys only Nakamoto could have in his possession.
While the BBC seems sure of his identity The Economist is keeping a more cautious approach to the matter, but these are just little details. What is really important is how Craig unveiled the mystery. After years behind the pseudonym of Nakamoto he decided to tell the truth but not with a simple post on his blog. Before doing this, he contacted journalist of mainstream media as BBC and The Economist giving them proof of his real identity and convincing them to sign an NDA which prevented them to publish anything before he went public on his blog.
Craig states that he doesn’t want to interfere with the Bitcoin economy: he just created it and does not want to be involved on the cryptocurrency on a professional basis. “I want to work, I want to keep doing what I want to do. I don’t want money. I don’t want fame. I don’t want adoration. I just want to be left alone” – he told BBC.
Strange words from a person who coordinated precisely the editorial plan of his announcement and can count on assets like 1 million Bitcoins (roughly equivalent to 450 millions dollars). And make us ask the final question: is he really Nakamoto?