cryptocoinsnews.com / JUSTIN OCONNELL / 21/08/2015
Below is a list of all the people who have been called Satoshi Nakamoto. Are you among them? Well, on a long enough timeline, you might one day be. Heck, you might even think you are Satoshi.
1 – Nick Szabo – Blogger Skye Grey linked Nick Szabo to the Bitcoin white paper. Szabo is a long-time decentralized currency philosopher and even published a paper entitled “bit gold” which many consider a precursor to Bitcoin. This has nothing to do with the recently launched BitGold. Szabo has denied being Satoshi Nakamoto. Nathaniel Popper wrote in the New York Times that “the most convincing evidence pointed to a reclusive American man of Hungarian descent named Nick Szabo.”
2 – Dorian Nakamoto – This Nakamoto is perhaps the best known mistaken Satoshi Nakamoto. In March 2014, Leah McGrath published an article in Newsweek doxxing Dorian Prentice Satoshi Nakamoto, a Japanese American man living in California, as Satoshi Nakamoto. Goodman used his name, as well as circumstantial evidence, as proof for his involvement in the Bitcoin project. Nakamoto worked as a systems engineer on defense projects and other projects. Nakamoto did identify as a libertarian, according to his daughter. Goodman claimed that Nakamoto said, “I am no longer involved in that and I cannot discuss it. It’s been turned over to other people. They are in charge of it now. I no longer have any connection.” Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department later confirmed this quote – their deputies had been present at the time. In a later interview, Dorian, alongside Andreas Antonopoulos, denied any connection to Bitcoin and claimed he had not heard of it until Leah’s article. Many bitcoiners pooled donations to compensate him for his inconvenience.
3 – Hal Finney – Finney is in many ways a hero to the Bitcoin community. He was the first person to run a Bitcoin node after Satoshi Nakamoto. He busied himself by supplying bug reports and helping to make improvements. Individuals have suggested that Hal Finney is Satoshi Nakamoto. Forbes journalist Andy Greenberg uncovered that Finney lived a mere few blocks from Dorian Nakamoto’s home. Greenberg tasked a writing analysis consultancy to compare Finney’s writing with Nakamoto’s and they claimed it was the closest of any they had come across. Hal wrote in a well-known BitcoinTalk post: