Anger and denials after identity of Satoshi Nakamoto allegedly revealed

Friday 07 March 2014

If there is one burning bitcoin question, that probably fuels the journalists more than the regular user, it is: Who is Satoshi Nakamoto? We posed the question ourselves months a go, when several names were floating around as possibilities to the identity of the "mystery" creator of Bitcoin and interviewed developer, Mike Hearn, who has had communication with the real Satoshi.

Now, a report by Newsweek claims they have found the real Satoshi Nakamoto, who is in fact a reclusive, 64-year-old physicist living in Temple City, California. In fact, they claim, he is not a man hiding behind a pseudonym, but that his real name is actually Satoshi Nakamoto, a Japanese-born, naturalised US citizen, now going by the name Dorian Prentice Satoshi Nakamoto.

The picture painted of this man is of a brilliant, yet moody individual whose lifestyle is far from that of a man owning a bitcoin fortune worth $400 million. He apparently has little communication with his family and in fact prefers to collect model trains. When Newsweek asked him about bitcoin, he replied,"I am no longer involved in that and I cannot discuss it."

The report, which published photos of the man and his modest home in Temple City has seen him surrounded by reporters and members of the media and it has also angered certain bitcoin enthusiasts. A few have lambasted the journalist, Leah McGrath Goodman for disrespecting the bitcoin founder's desire for privacy and anonymity but also putting the spotlight on Nakamoto's family and personal life.

Threads have now popped up on the bitcoin Reddit pages.

One user says: "Shame that they didn't bother to respect his privacy at all. This article reveals so much about him that he's now easy to find. In just a few minutes on Google, you can get the house up on Google Maps."

Another states: "This is the sort of thing that just makes me lose all respect for the media. So intrusive, so disrespectful."

But more than the criticism, are the refusals to believe that the man in question is the real Staoshi Nakamaoto.

"The Newsweek article is wrong about Satoshi" states another Reddit thread and now conspiracy theories are abound. 

 Gavin Andresen, who is quoted in the article, has also come out on Twitter saying he regrets talking to the reporter and is "disappointed Newsweek decided to dox the Nakamoto family".

Gavin Andresen_Nakamoto tweet

Perhaps most interesting of all is a post by Satoshi Nakamoto on his page on the P2P foundation, which simply states: "I am not Dorian Nakamoto."

Satoshi Nakamoto P2p

Of course all the speculation is still rife and will undoubtedly continue for days as either more revelations come to light or further information emerges to quash the Newsweek story. What is apparent however, is whether members of the bitcoin community want his true identity revealed or not (or whether they even care) this is one story that is likely to run and run. Might be time to grab the popcorn... 

 

By Louise Goss

Louise Goss


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