Founder fi­nally re­vealed

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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

the bet­ter”.

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.

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