The identity of rumored Bitcoin inventor Satoshi Nakamoto has been unmasked and currently a number of people are trying to sell his information online, a report in Wired Magazine reveals.
Bitcoin investor approached by a computer hacker
Wired is reporting that it was approached by a computer hacker named “Jeffery” who offered to expose Nakamoto in exchange for the payment of 25 Bitcoins, or roughly $12,000, and offer made on a Pastebin post. Jeffery is claiming to have in his possession e-mails dating back to 2011 that provide information as to the founding of Bitcoin.
Jeffery claims to have hacked Nakamoto’s e-mail account and is warning that the reclusive tech innovator could be in danger, a post on the P2P Foundation website claimed:
Dear Satoshi. Your dox, passwords and IP addresses are being sold on the darknet. Apparently you didn’t configure Tor properly and your IP leaked when you used your email account sometime in 2010. You are not safe. You need to get out of where you are as soon as possible before these people harm you. Thank you for inventing Bitcoin.
The Wired report says Jeffery was not responsive to many questions but did reveal how he hacked into Nakamoto’s e-mail, [email protected]. “The fool used a primary gmx under his full name and had aliases set up underneath it,” Jeffery was quoted as saying. “He’s also alive.”
Jeffery didn’t provide evidence to substantiate his claims, Wired noted, saying it wasn’t clear what information he really has on the tech innovator.
Computer hacker contacted numerous for information on bitcoin investor
Jeffery apparently contacted numerous people in an attempt to extract payment for information on Nakamoto. Michael Marquardt, the head administrator of the Bitcointalk.org discussion forum, was quoted in the Wired report as saying Jeffrey sent him an excerpt of an email he’d sent to Nakamoto back in March of this year. “So either the email account was compromised since March,” he says, “or the attacker gained access to old emails when he compromised the account.”
Satoshi Nakamoto pulled back from public view in 2010, the report noted. His name popped into the headlines in March, however, when Newsweek published a lengthy article titled “The Face Behind Bitcoin” suggesting Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto was in fact Bitcoin’s inventor and living under his real name in California.
Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto’s statements
After the article was published in Newsweek, Nakamoto released the following statement:
My name is Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto. I am the subject of the Newsweekstory on Bitcoin. I am writing this statement to clear my name.
I did not create, invent or otherwise work on Bitcoin. I unconditionally deny the Newsweek report.
The first time I heard the term “bitcoin” was from my son in mid-February 2014. After being contacted by a reporter, my son called me and used the word,which I had never before heard. Shortly thereafter, the reporter confronted me at my home. I called the police. I never consented to speak with the reporter. In an ensuing discussion with a reporter from the Associated Press, I called the technology “bitcom.”
I was still unfamiliar with the term.My background is in engineering. I also have the ability to program. My most recent job was as an electrical engineer troubleshooting air traffic controlequipment for the FAA. I have no knowledge of nor have I ever worked on cryptography, peer to peer systems, or alternative currencies.
I have not been able to find steady work as an engineer or programmer for ten years. I have worked as a laborer, polltaker, and substitute teacher. I discontinued my internet service in 2013 due to severe financial distress. I am trying to recover from prostate surgery in October 2012 and a stroke I suffered in October of 2013. My prospects for gainful employment has been harmed because of Newsweek’s article.
Newsweek’s false report has been the source of a great deal of confusion and stress for myself, my 93-year old mother, my siblings, and their families. I offer my sincerest thanks to those people in the United States and around the world who have offered me their support. I have retained legal counsel. This will be our last public statement on this matter. I ask that you now respect our privacy.
Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto
Temple City, California
March 17, 2014