Who is Satoshi Nakamoto?

By CryptoPhil | Crypto your day | 5 Mar 2021

There are many myths about the Bitcoin founder Satoshi Nakamoto. It is more than likely that Satoshi Nakamoto is not the real name but a pseudonym but who is behind it?

Craig Wright

In 2016, the Australian entrepreneur Craig Steven Wright claimed to be the inventor of Bitcoin. He had taken the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto from the historical Japanese philosopher Tominaga Nakamoto. Already in December 2015, the computer magazine Wired and the blog Gizmodo came to the conclusion that Wright was behind the pseudonym Nakamoto. The signature of a mail address that Nakamoto used to communicate with Bitcoin developers included a mobile phone number registered in Wright's name. But in early 2019, WikiLeaks published evidence that Craig Wright had faked documents to impersonate Satoshi.

Dave Kleiman

Dave Kleiman was an IT forensics expert who died of an infection in April 2013. There are speculations that Kleiman was Satoshi Nakamoto or that he was involved in a group that invented Bitcoin. One indication that he was behind the pseudonym is that Nakamoto's GMX email address was presumably available to someone else as of September 2014. GMX deletes inactive email addresses after one year, so anyone could have re-registered Nakamoto's email address at that time.


Hal Finney

Hal Finney was also a software developer. It is assumed that he at least helped to invent Bitcoin. He is also known as the first ever recipient of a Bitcoin transaction. There was speculation that he himself was behind the person behind Satoshi Nakamoto, but he vigorously denied it.


Dorian Nakamoto

In March 2014, the U.S. news magazine Newsweek claimed in a cover story to have identified the Californian Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto as Nakamoto's true identity. But Dorian Nakamoto published a denial and took legal action against the magazine.


Len Sassaman

Len Sassaman was one of the original cypherpunks and an advocate for privacy during his life. His wife told the public that he committed suicide on in 2011, and that year, Black Hat Briefings disclosed that a tribute to Sassaman was embedded into the Bitcoin blockchain. The author Leung, who recently published evidence that may tie Satoshi and Sassaman together, explains how the obituary is attached to the Bitcoin network.

“Embedded on every single node of the Bitcoin network is an obituary. Hacked into the transaction data, it’s a memorial to Len Sassaman, a man essentially immortalized in the blockchain itself. A fitting tribute in more ways than one.”

Leung’s first piece of circumstantial evidence is the fact that Satoshi Nakamoto quit the Bitcoin project, and left the community two months before Sassaman passed away.


Samsung, Toshiba, Nakamichi, Motorola

Or is Satoshi Nakamoto just an acronym for the big tech companies Samsung, Toshiba, Nakamichi, and Motorola (SAmsung, TOSHIba, NAKAmichi, MOTOrola)? To be honest, I think this is too absurd.


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