Who is Satoshi Nakamoto?

Bitcoin was invented and became a famous cryptocurrency. With the rising popularity of bitcoin, so did the popularity of a man called Satoshi Nakamoto. But who is Satoshi Nakamoto? Mr. Nakamoto claimed to be a Japanese living in Japan and born on the 5th of April 1975. But all that are just claims, it might be true or it might be false.

Bitcoin

You cannot mention bitcoin’s history without the name of Satoshi Nakamoto, the person or the team to invent the said cryptocurrency and blockchain system. Bitcoin.org and the blockshain system began operations on the 9th of January 2009. Nakamoto then handed out the source code repository and network alert key to Gavin Andresen by mid-2010 and a few other domains to prominent people in the bitcoin community. Since then the man became well hidden in society.

Possible Identity

The answer remains hidden for the question of who is Satoshi Nakamoto. Theorist and the curious are still searching for the identity of the man or group behind the name Satoshi Nakamoto.

There have been some proofs that surfaced that he is not even in Japan or a Japanese. Some speculated that he might have been born in Japan and had the name of Satoshi Nakamoto but has migrated to Europe or a European speaking community in America and has since changed his name.

The Wikipedia article for this man presents some information on who is Satoshi Nakamoto and why he is presumed to be in a western country and also have a list of possible candidate for his real identity.

Nick Szabo denied all reports and claims that he is Satoshi Nakamoto even if there are some pointing fingers still pointing at him. He published a white paper about “bit gold” and is now considered to be the precursor of bitcoin. That white paper is the best pointing finger so far.

Another one is Dorian Nakamoto, and he was named Satoshi Nakamoto at birth and changed his name when he migrated to California. Of all the possible entities who can be the man behind bitcoin, this person is the best bet as he had a lot of connections with computers, the government, and had also been under Citibank at a period of his life.

Hal Finney is least likely since he is Satoshi Nakamoto’s acquaintance and they had e-mailed each other proving that they are not the same person. He might have been a second person to be in the team as he was the first one to make bug reports and made improvements on the software.

There are also other possibilities, but they all had their near hits and far miss but up till now the question “Who is Satoshi Nakamoto?” remained unanswered.