Bitcoin is a digital currency and a payment system invented by Satoshi Nakamoto in 2008 and released it as open-source software in 2009. Bitcoin is a peer-to-peer electronic cash system without an intermediary between users transactions.

Until now, Satoshi’s identity has been unknown. However, an Australian computer scientist and businessman, Craig Wright,  yesterday, granted press interview where he proclaims himself to be the real person behind the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto—the creator of Bitcoin—a claim that is disputed.

Wright provided technical proof to back up his claim using coins known to be owned by Bitcoin’s creator. In his latest blog post, Wright wrote the following:

I remember reading that quote many years ago, and I have carried it with me uncomfortably ever since. However, after many years, and having experienced the ebb and flow of life those years have brought, I think I am finally at peace with what he meant. If I sign Craig Wright, it is not the same as if I sign Craig Wright, Satoshi.

I think this is true, but in my heart I wish it wasn’t.

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I have been staring at my screen for hours, but I cannot summon the words to express the depth of my gratitude to those that have supported the bitcoin project from its inception – too many names to list. You have dedicated vast swathes of your time, committed your gifts, sacrificed relationships and REM sleep for years to an open source project that could have come to nothing. And yet still you fought. This incredible community’s passion and intellect and perseverance has taken my small contribution and nurtured it, enhanced it, breathed life into it. You have given the world a great gift. Thank you.

Be assured, just as you have worked, I have not been idle during these many years. Since those early days, after distancing myself from the public persona that was Satoshi, I have poured every measure of myself into research. I have been silent, but I have not been absent. I have been engaged with an exceptional group and look forward to sharing our remarkable work when they are ready.

Satoshi is dead.

But this is only the beginning.

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This claim was corroborated by Jon Matonis, Founding Director of Bitcoin Foundation in a blog post, stating “For cryptographic proof in my presence, Craig signed and verified a message using the private key from block #1 newly-generated coins and from block #9 newly-generated coins (the first transaction to Hal Finney).”

Conversely, The Bitcoin Core project released a statement on Twitter saying

“Bitcoin developer Jeff Garzik agreed that evidence provided by Wright does not prove anything, and security researcher Dan Kaminsky in his blog concluded Wright’s claim was a scam. Allegedly, “Wright simply reused an old signature from a bitcoin transaction performed in 2009 by Satoshi.”

More Bitcoin users took to Twitter to trash Craig’s claim as a scam.

 

Additionally, the coin center released a document on Twitter yesterday with the title How to evaluate a claim that a certain person is Satoshi Nakamoto.

 

While this is a conversation to be discussed, do you think Satoshi is Craig Wright, or Mr. Wright is a scam?