Geek Of The Week: Satoshi Nakamoto

Geek Of The Week: Satoshi Nakamoto

Most people have heard of bitcoin but few people know anything about the electronic currency’s creator, and there is good reason for that. To date, nobody has been able to confirm the founder’s identity. The technology was allegedly invented by a man named Satoshi Nakamoto. His idea was initially published in 2008 as a paper titled Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System. Shortly afterwards, in January of 2009, version 0.1 of bitcoin was published on Sourceforge. Nakamoto authored and maintained the source code until mid-2010 when he passed that responsibility to Gavin Andresen. After this event, Nakamoto pretty much disappeared.

There is a lot of speculation to his actual identity. Nakamoto once claimed to have been born on April 5, 1975 in Japan, but nobody has been unable to confirm this. Many news organizations and legal entities have tried to locate the real Nakamoto and all attempts have failed thus far. Most investigators think he is either: a made up identity which conceals a group of people, or a computer genius who has actually figured out how to erase himself from the Internet. Since 2010, several people have been accused of being Nakamoto and others have claimed to be Nakamoto, but no concrete proof has ever been determined. Earlier this year, the NSA claimed they know Nakamoto’s actual identity, but many analysts contest this. The true identity of bitcoin’s creator remains a mystery, but one thing is clear. Nakamoto owns approximately 1 Million bitcoins which currently have a value of over $4 Billion.

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