The creator of Bitcoin, an eternal mystery

Craig Steven Wright, a 44-year-old Australian businessman, confessed last year to be the creator of bitcoin, the world’s most widespread virtual currency. Craig, whose home and office were registered in Sydney last December, has acknowledged being behind the Japanese Satoshi Nakamoto, the name after which the father of this currency has been hiding for years, as revealed by Wright himself to three media: the BBC, The Economist and GQ.

Prominent members of the bitcoin community have also confirmed his identity, as Gavin Andresen, technical director of the Bitcoin foundation, according to Gizmodo. To this end, it has provided several tests as the keys to the first transactions.

The creator of Bitcoin, an eternal mysteryThe creator of Bitcoin, an eternal mystery

To endorse his confession, Craig has used a series of encrypted private keys unequivocally associated with the first coins mined by Satosho Nakamoto, the heteronym Craig had used for years to conceal his identity. The coins were used in the first transaction with bitcoins in January 2009 and no one but the person behind Nakamoto could have them.

The Economist has been more cautious in believing the Australian businessman’s version of his bitcoin paternity: “Craig Steven Wright claims to be Satoshi Nakamoto, is it?” stated on the cover page. The weekly insists that, despite the evidence it provides, checking the veracity of the version will take some time. “Wright could be Mr Nakamoto, but it could also not be possible to secure him without a doubt,” he says in his pages.

In the BBC they published a video interview where Wright in response to if he was the father of the bitcoin, answered: “yes, and honestly, I do not care”. When questioned: “Are you Satoshi Nakamoto?” -“I am the majority of him. Other people helped me out,”- replied the Australian.

Craig Wright said he felt compelled to disclose his identity to preserve close friends harassed by journalists since US magazine Wired and the Gizmodo blog mentioned his name as a possible bitcoin inventor in December 2015.

He denied being motivated by a desire for notoriety. “It was not my will to reveal my identity”, he said. “I do not want to be the public image of anything,” he reiterated.

Bitcoin is an encrypted currency with a P2P circulation system, between equals. No one has wanted to assume its creation until now, among other things, because they could end up indicted as a federal crime (in the United States), since it could be considered to undermine the stability of the dollar.

While this Australian businessman claimed last year to be the creator of the visionary virtual currency, research concluded that you may never know the truth.
Bitcoin,  an electronic money platform that divides opinions between those who see it as a bright alternative to the current monetary system and those who use it as a tool for illegal financial activities, is surrounded by mystery.

Since 2008, the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto has been linked to his visionary creator, but the identity of the man of flesh and bone remains in question. So even when Australian businessman – Craig Steven Wright – told the media that he was Nakamoto and had invented Bitcoin. A joint investigation between BBC, GQ Magazine and The Economist said that while Wright has arguments to support his claim, there are many unanswered questions that do not allow its confirmation. After a thorough analysis, the media concluded that the identity of Nakamoto is and will be a mystery impossible to solve.

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