Who is Satoshi Nakamoto?

Here are several attempts over the past few years to try to find out who Satoshi Nakamoto, the pseudonymous inventor of Bitcoin, really is.

Satoshi Nakamoto is (probably) Nick Szabo is an analysis of online sources to find writing similar to that of the Bitcoin whitepaper.  I don’t know who LikeInAMirror is, this is the only post to this blog. For reference, Unenumerated is Nick Szabo’s blog, and it’s worth reading. Certainly Nick Szabo has strong circumstantial ties to Satoshi Nakamoto and Bitcoin.

Dorit Ron and Adi Shamir (the ‘S’ in RSA) claimed to find a link between Ross Ulbricht (the infamous Dread Pirate Roberts from the Silk Road) and Satoshi Nakamoto. Here is the NYTimes blog posting, here is the second revision of the paper, here is a rebuttal from Dustin Trammell, here is a Reddit thread that’s gathers a lot of information together, and here is a retraction of the claim. So we’re pretty sure Satoshi Nakmoto is indeed not Dustin Trammell.

The article Who Is Satoshi Nakamoto by vice.com has another list of suspects. I hesitate to call them likely suspects.

Joshua Davis, in a 2011 New Yorker article, attempted to track down Satoshi Nakamoto. Here’s a PDF link (not sure whether it’s licit or not, sorry). He turned up a few names, but again, nothing definitive. The individual that Joshua tried to connect to Satoshi, Michaal Clear, went on to publish a rebuttal of sorts. And someone annotated the article.

After the New Yorker article was published, Adam Penenberg wrote on his attempt in an article for Fast Company and turned up a patent application. To his credit, he doesn’t claim the patent filers are Satoshi Nakamoto, but more to point out just how hard it will be to unmask him.

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