Craig Wright says that Satoshi Nakamoto never used Bitcointalk but we have comprehensive evidence against Wright
Bitcoin appeared during a financial crisis on October 31, 2008, with the release of a whitepaper authored by the unknown Satoshi Nakamoto. Three years later, December 12, 2012, saw the presentation of the technology behind the cryptocurrency Monero in a whitepaper authored by the unknown Nicolas van Saberhagen. Today, as a new financial crisis threatens, historical research and textual analysis indicate Satoshi Nakamoto and Nicolas van Saberhagen may have been the same person or group. Besides, Craig Wright said that Satoshi never used Bitcointalk. So now, we will learn about this!
Craig Steven Wright, an Australian computer scientist, and businessman
Craig Wright: Satoshi never used Bitcointalk
According to the post on Craig Wright’s official blog yesterday, Satoshi Nakamoto once posted on Bitcointalk. But all the posts on Bitcointalk are from his account are, in fact, his and have not been edited or changed and that the login on the website belongs to Wright.
According to Craig (Satoshi):
“It is a myth that all the posts on Bitcointalk (bitcointalk.org) from my account (Satoshi) are, in fact, mine and have not been edited or changed and that the login on the website belongs to me. Satoshi (I) never used Bitcointalk. My final post, in fact, links to a domain that does not exist.”
According to him, the images that can be found there are the first versions that will form the Bitcoin website, and the links there are harmless.
“To the casual observer, it will look as if it’s a link to a post I made, yet, the supposed author never made it. I can say, in other words, the creator of Bitcoin didn’t make the post because Satoshi didn’t.”
He also claims that Bitcointalk was only registered in mid-2011:
“It’s funny that nobody talks about it; well, I guess it’s not so funny for them. There are plenty of people who remember the original website. Then again, most of the same people don’t want my version of Bitcoin and think that they can do better.”
So, where is the evidence?
Previously, Satoshi Nakamoto made his last post on the Bitcointalk forum in 2011, just weeks before Craig Wright launched his first revolutionary electronic payment system: PayPal on gold.
Furthermore, this will be the first real-time seal of Craig Wright posted on Bitcointalk on July 28, 2011.
However, according to the article, he barely knew how to spell ‘Bitcoin’ let alone describe it:
“And what immediately stands out here: Craig had not a freaking clue how to spell the latest hype he just learned about. Within days, he finds almost a handful of ways of how to misspell Bitcoin, while in 2008-2010, Satoshi always spelled Bitcoin correctly on public forums like Metzdowd and Bitcointalk. And now Satoshi would suddenly have lost that ability half a year later? Of course not. ”
And he said:
“The reason is simple: not everyone wanted my version of Bitcoin. Not everything I said remains, and some of it has, subtly, been changed.”
Satoshi Nakamoto and Nicolas van Saberhagen may have been the same person or group
Nakamoto is famous yet unidentified. He, she, or they are defined mainly through the document “Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System,” called the Bitcoin Whitepaper. It describes the multiple parts of a cryptocurrency, including the network, the blockchain, and the proof-of-work algorithm that secures the blockchain without a central authority.
Saberhagen’s CryptoNote whitepaper, “CryptoNote 1.0,” also defined a new cryptocurrency, one focused on privacy and empowerment. It improved on Bitcoin by changing the blockchain structure and using a new proof-of-work, addressing issues that had arisen since Bitcoin’s invention. It also made several smaller enhancements to Bitcoin, like simplifying transaction scripts and dynamically adjusting block reward and size. The CryptoNote Whitepaper led, eventually, to the creation of Monero.
Nakamoto had a clear motive to write the CryptoNote Whitepaper. In a Bitcointalk forum posting on August 13, 2010, Nakamoto first published the concepts for privacy in cryptocurrency that would later appear in the CryptoNote Whitepaper: the ideas of stealth addresses, which hide receivers in a cryptocurrency transaction, and ring signatures, which hide senders. Also, by the time of the CryptoNote Whitepaper, Nakamoto had witnessed the struggles with Bitcoin’s block size changes (Nakamoto himself stealthfully inserted a 1 MB block size limit into the Bitcoin codebase in 2010) and mining reward halving that the new whitepaper tackled.
The Central Processing Units (CPUs) in personal computers are widely owned, and the Bitcoin Whitepaper advanced the concept of “one CPU one vote” in securing the network. But this directive had stopped working by the time of the CryptoNote whitepaper, as Bitcoin’s SHA-256-based proof-of-work algorithm had been ported to faster Graphical Processing Units (GPUs) and implemented on Application-Specific Integrated Circuits (ASICSs). Saberhagen’s new proof-of-work addressed precisely this.
With these historical motivations, scientific analysis, and compelling similarities, the stark affirmation of Satoshi Nakamoto being Nicolas van Saberhagen rises like a full moon over a calm ocean on a cloudless night. It gives new perspectives on what had been assumed to be two of the greatest inventors of our age: Nakamoto, the progenitor of all of cryptocurrency, and Saberhagen, the creator of cryptocurrency that protects human privacy and liberty.
Yet one should not expect this revelation to be embraced by either the Bitcoin or the Monero community—each with strong opinions and customs—overnight. There will be resistance.
Xmrhaelan, Monero Outreach Organizer, stated:
“Like many, I’m still processing this. I will, though, say with confidence that if Satoshi Nakamoto is Nicolas van Saberhagen, Monero was Satoshi’s greatest work.”
Almutasim, Monero Outreach Editor, said:
“It could also be that this is all coincidence combined with results-tailorable academic software, with no real connection between the two authors. Maybe Nicolas van Saberhagen is actually a talented, creative, humble techie who admired Satoshi Nakamoto and wants to stay anonymous while hiding in plain sight.”
Thunderosa, Monero Outreach Creative Lead, concluded:
“Even if we knew who Saberhagen really was, we wouldn’t tell.”
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