The true identity of who invented Bitcoin it is one of the most fascinating mysteries in the history of the queen of cryptocurrencies.
On October 31, 2008, on a crypto mailing list, a mystery user wrote a message in which he claimed to have created a new electronic monetary system. The message was signed by Satoshi Nakamoto, the creator of Bitcoin.
Many years have passed since that day.
Bitcoin has become the world's most famous and valuable cryptocurrency, and curiosity about its inventor has exploded.
Many attempts have been made to identify Satoshi, numerous have been the journalistic hypotheses and firsts that have appeared over time.
But the question remains the same: "Who is Satoshi Nakamoto?"
Let's shed some light on this thick mystery to try to find out who is behind Bitcoin's invention.
The first clues: an English man
To try to solve the mystery, we must necessarily start with the messages that Satoshi Nakamoto has sent over the years.
In fact, after the first email in 2008, Nakamoto wrote dozens of other messages both in the crypto mailing list and in the “p2p foundation” forum and later in the “Bitcoin Forum”, with the intention of explaining their project, answering users' questions and also looking for useful collaborations for development of the Bitcoin protocol.
A first linguistic analysis of messages It shows that Satoshi Nakamoto is a person capable of writing in perfect English, probably his native language.
This can be deduced from the choice of some terms used; Furthermore, the fact who is an English citizen It could be confirmed by the decision to include in the first bitcoin transaction in history, the title of the famous day of The Times newspaper, a popular newspaper based in London.
Furthermore, the programming language used to write the original code on which the entire Bitcoin protocol is based, defined as previous generation and old school, may suggest that it is a middle-aged man, who is no longer very young.
Satoshi Nakamoto: one or many?
After the textual analysis of the messages sent by Satoshi Nakamoto, It has been proposed another disorienting theory.
It would appear, in fact, that messages signed with the same pseudonym may belong to different people.
In fact, there is a lot of variety between the textsSome appear extremely formal and refined and scholarly in language, others contain abbreviations and use a much more informal style tainted by jargon, and others are signed with the Satoshi name only.
Some of them are highly technical and deal with specific aspects of cryptography and programming, others express concepts of a political-philosophical nature, others present very refined economic theses.
Given all of these elements, it might not be so bold to say that behind this mysterious character there is actually a group of several people, certainly experts in economics, computing and cryptography. A fascinating thesis that fits well with the complexity of the Bitcoin system.
The namesake Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto
On March 6, 2014, the famous American magazine “Newsweek” published an article titled "The Face Behind Bitcoin”Signed by Leah McGrath Goodman, who claimed that the true identity of the Bitcoin inventor had finally been unmasked.
The author of the article began to investigate the matter from a simple assumption: Satoshi Nakamoto was not a pseudonym, but the name of a real existing person. After a series of checks, the journalist identified a certain Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto, an engineer of Japanese origin He had migrated with his family to California as a child and had worked for years as a computer engineer.
Many clues seemed to lead to this identity, however, just as it seemed that the mystery had been solved, the Dorian Nakamoto himself firmly denied That he was the creator of Bitcoin and that he had been involved in any of the projects related to cryptocurrencies.
The plot worsened further on March 7, 2014, when Satoshi Nakamoto wrote a new message: "I am not Dorian Nakamoto"
Bitcoin is CIA money?
One of the conspiracy theories more widespread tends to frame Bitcoin as a result of work done by American intelligence agencies; in fact, Bitcoin uses many technologies in which the CIA, FBI and NSA they certainly have worked, like crypto, the internet and electronic money.
Bitcoin would be a kind of 2.0 dollar useful for the CIA to finance its activities and advantageous to the United States Government that it could have a true global currency free from the control of central banks.
Furthermore, and thanks to the blockchain, the CIA could control in real time all financial transactions made in the world. These theses are certainly fascinating, but they clash with the revolutionary spirit behind Bitcoin and its principles of freedom and decentralization.
Craig Steven Wright: "I am Satoshi Nakamoto!"
Craig Steven Wright He is an Australian businessman, active in the field of technological research, who in 2015 was the first to publicly claiming to be the true Satoshi Nakamoto.
Even registered bitcoin's technical document at a US patent office In 2019, claiming to be the author.
However, this does not solve the mystery at all, as Wright has never been able to prove that he is the true creator of Bitcoin and, despite his various proclamations, never provided concrete evidence.
The importance of mystery.
To this day, the figure of Satoshi Nakamoto still remains shrouded in mystery.
However, we should not underestimate its importance: the choice to use a fictitious identity was a brilliant and progressive intuition able to protect the inventor of Bitcoin from any type of pressure, manipulation or blackmail; Only then could the system develop at its best, without any interference.
The true story about the identity of the creator of Bitcoin it remains a mystery that still arouses interest and curiosity. However, the persistence of the mystery helps to protect the great innovation of our century. What we do not know can make us feel dissatisfied and, nevertheless, as the author Homero said: "A fascination with the unknown dominates everything"