64 year old Dorian Nakamoto from Temple City California was met with a surprise on his doorstep: Newsweek reporter Leah McGrath Goodman. For months, Goodman had been working with forensic analysts to pinpoint the creator of Bitcoin, the digital phenomenon that has dominated the news for the past year. Upon seeing Goodman through a crack in the door, Nakamoto promptly called the police for assistance.
To assist in the investigation, Goodman employed the help of systems engineer Sharon Sergeant, whose background includes computing security, military protocol, and artificial intelligence.
- In 2008, someone named “Satoshi Nakamoto” authored a proposal for a digital currency. People always thought Satoshi Nakamoto was a pseudonym, but Goodman and Sergeant found a real Satoshi Nakamoto who fit the description of the Bitcoin creator. “For the past 40 years, Satoshi Nakamoto has not used his birth name in his daily life,” Goodman writes in Newsweek. “At the age of 23, after graduating from California State Polytechnic University, he changed his name to “Dorian Prentice Satoshi Nakamoto.”
- By analyzing the original Bitcoin specs, Sergeant noticed the use of many old school technological tactics, such as disk space and Moore’s Law. This observation suggested that the creator of Bitcoin had a long career in computing.”The idea of conserving any kind of resources, and this is part of my formation, my long background in systems testing, that was a critical issue. But those are very very old-time concerns,” she said in an interview with Business Insider. “To even mention disk space, things like that — disk space is cheap! And Moore’s Law is an old maxim that computing power will double. We’ve gone exponentially away from Moore’s law, but that was what it was all about in that interim period.”
- Dorian Nakamoto was a math whiz who graduated college with a degree in Physics. However, his career path is difficult to trace. After college, Dorian worked in defense and electronics communication for Hughes Aircraft. He also got involved with independent military projects and worked as a computer engineer for communications and technologies companies. His daughter describes Dorian as a lover of old technology. She told Goodman, “He built his own computers and was very proud of them.”
- The difference in writing style is extremely distinct. On the left is an email from Dorian Nakamoto, who may not have learned English as his first language. On the right is an email from Bitcoin Nakamoto, whose writing style clearly suggests that s/he is extremely fluent and most likely learned English at a young age.
- The real Satoshi Nakamoto resurfaced on social network Ning and posted “I am not Dorian Nakamoto.” The CEO of Ning also confirmed that the Satoshi Nakamoto on Ning registered with the same email address as the Satoshi Nakamoto of Bitcoin emails.
— Josef Davies-Coates (@jdaviescoates) March 7, 2014
When Goodman arrived at Dorian’s doorstep, she questioned his involvement in the creation of Bitcoin. His response:
“I am no longer involved in that and I cannot discuss it,” he says, dismissing all further queries with a swat of his left hand. “It’s been turned over to other people. They are in charge of it now. I no longer have any connection.”
Goodman believes this statement to be acknowledgment of Dorian’s involvement in Bitcoin. Although he claims to no longer have connections to the project, he implies that he was once involved – possibly as its creator.
The Public Response
Goodman’s front page Newsweek article has been quite unpopular since its release. Many believe that Goodman violated the rights of Dorian Nakamoto by publishing photos of his house and location in her article. She also revealed that he currently own $400 million worth of Bitcoins that remain uncashed. This information puts Dorian at risk of being robbed, especially in light of the recent bankruptcy of Mt Gox. Dorian Nakamoto has also been stalked and chased by reporters since his Goodman’s article was published. The Bitcoin community largely unimpressed and sympathize for Dorian. They have started a Bitcoin fundraiser to compensate Dorian for the trouble he has been forced to endure. You can watch the donations live here.
My bet is that it’s Craig Wright from Australia, it matches his writing style and he has the skills to write the protocol needed. Do you think Craig Wright or Dorian Nakamoto is the real mastermind behind Bitcoin? Let us know in the comments below. If you liked this article, check out our other posts about Bitcoin: Mt Gox Filed For Bankruptcy. Will Bitcoin Survive?, Trivia Tuesday: 3 Fun Facts About Bitcoin, Bitcoin: Crime’s New Best Friend, Bitcoin Takes a Tumble With Mt Gox, and Bitcoin Attack: $2.7 Million Stolen. And as always, be sure to visit SprinkleBit for more updates and the latest investment tips!