Founder finally revealed
An Australian man long rumoured to be associated with the digital currency Bitcoin has publicly identified himself as its creator, apparently ending one of the biggest mysteries in the tech world.
BBC News said that Craig Wright told the media outlet he is the man previously known by the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto.
The computer scientist, inventor and academic said he launched the currency in 2009 with the help of others.
His identity had been shrouded in uncertainty until now, and the media’s inability to pinpoint the person responsible had led to a series of investigations.
Last year, some reports claimed Wright was the founder and had used a false name to mask his identity.
The BBC said Wright had decided to make his identity known to stop the spread of “misinformation” about Bitcoin.
“I didn’t take the decision lightly to make my identity public and I want to be clear that I’m doing this because I care so passionately about my work and also to dispel any negative myths and fears,” he said.
Wright said he believes that Bitcoin and blockchain, the technical innovation that makes the currency possible, “can change the world for ‘Nakamoto’ is believed to have amassed about 1 million Bitcoins
He added that he would now be able to release his research and academic work to help people understand the potential of Bitcoin.
According to the BBC, Wright supported his claim by signing digital messages using cryptographic keys used in the early days of Bitcoin.