Satoshi „Bitcoin“ Nakamoto unmasked (UPDATE)

Newsweek hat den Erfinder von Bitcoin ausfindig gemacht. Der Mann hatte sich, nachdem er die Krypto-Währung gebastelt hatte, in die Anonymität zurückgezogen und wurde zum Mysterium. Was mich nun wundert: Satoshi Nakamoto ist kein Pseudonym, mir ist schleierhaft, warum man den nicht vorher ausfindig gemacht hat.

Far from leading to a Tokyo-based whiz kid using the name "Satoshi Nakamoto" as a cipher or pseudonym (a story repeated by everyone from Bitcoin's rabid fans to The New Yorker), the trail followed by Newsweek led to a 64-year-old Japanese-American man whose name really is Satoshi Nakamoto. He is someone with a penchant for collecting model trains and a career shrouded in secrecy, having done classified work for major corporations and the U.S. military.

Standing before me, eyes downcast, appeared to be the father of Bitcoin. Not even his family knew.

The Face Behind Bitcoin

[update] Es stellt sich als immer wahrscheinlicher heraus, dass die Story ein Fake ist. Nicht nur, dass Nakamoto die Story mittlerweile abstreitet, was er einem AP-Reporter nach 'ner Journalisten-Verfolgungsjagd und Gratis-Sushi erzählte: „'I’m not involved in bitcoin. Wait a minute, I want my free lunch first. I’m going with this guy,' Nakamoto said, pointing at an AP reporter. 'I’m not in bitcoin, I don’t know anything about it.'“

Am stichhaltigsten finde ich aber die Umstände, die gegen die Story sprechen:

On Thursday evening, someone with access to a P2P Foundation account owned by Bitcoin inventor Satoshi Nakamoto wrote, “I am not Dorian Nakamoto.” (The account had not been active since 2011.) And an email written by a “Dorian Nakamoto” of Temple City to an employee of the Los Angeles Metro Rail indicates a much weaker grasp of English grammar and spelling than emails sent by Satoshi Nakamoto around the same time period.

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Data Visualizing the Identity of Satoshi Nakamoto