Leah McGrath Goodman a journalist from Newsweek claims to have found Bitcoin’s elusive and mysterious inventor who the world knows as Satoshi Nakamoto. While we all thought that the name “Satoshi Nakamoto” was a pseudonym, the name of the man Goodman claims to be the creator of Bitcoin is actually Satoshi Nakamoto. It seems that Bitcoin’s creator had been hiding in plain sight all this time… or perhaps Goodman didn’t find the right man?
Who is Satoshi Nakamoto?
Goodman searched a database that contained registration cards of naturalized American citizens, and claims to have found the Satoshi Nakamoto. Goodman wrote,
“For the past 40 years, Satoshi Nakamoto has not used his birth name in his daily life. At the age of 23, after graduating from California State Polytechnic University, he changed his name to Dorian Prentice Satoshi Nakamoto.”
One would question that if Satoshi didn’t use his birth name for 40 years, why would he then use his birth name for Bitcoin? If he was going to go out of the Bitcoin picture, then why use his real name when he could be tracked down so easily? Some things don’t exactly add up.
According to Goodman, the real Satoshi Nakamoto is a 64-year-old man who loves math, encryption, model trains, and lives in California. In addition to this, even though his background isn’t clear, it seems that Satoshi might have worked in classified projects for the American military and large corporations, claims Goodman.
Instead of living in a luxurious home with a lavish setting, Satoshi Nakamoto lives in his humble family home in Temple City, California. This is definitely not the place one might imagine a person who is allegedly worth $400 million in Bitcoins would be living in. Satoshi Nakamoto also has six grown children, and lives with his 93-year-old mother, according to Goodman.
From 2009 to 2011, Nakamoto worked with other people to design Bitcoin. However, in 2011, Nakamoto disappeared from the Bitcoin project completely.
Satoshi Nakamoto’s Response to Being Found
As expected by someone who avoided the public sphere, Nakamoto wasn’t exactly thrilled when Newsweek’s Goodman came to visit him. In fact, Nakamoto had actually called the police. When asked about his involvement in Bitcoin, Nakamoto’s elusive answers revealed that he was part of the project, but not any longer. Goodman claims that Nakamoto said,
“I am no longer involved in that and I cannot discuss it. It’s been turned over to other people. They are in charge of it now. I no longer have any connection.”
No further details were given. Interestingly enough no one knew that he was working on Bitcoin or that he was the Satoshi Nakamoto. Not even his family or friends new.
It is pretty clear that if this is the actual creator of Bitcoin, he didn’t want to be found not was happy to be “discovered”. This “discovery” of Satoshi Nakamoto has opened up more questions than given answers.
Coinreport will follow this story as it develops and report any further findings, stay tuned.