The mystery behind Satoshi Nakamoto has yet to be solved. This is the name used by the person who was or the group of persons who were the first to solve the double-spending problem for digital currency using a peer-to-peer network.
It is presumed that this name is used as the pseudonym of the person or group of persons who invented the cryptocurrency called bitcoin in 2008. The domain name bitcoin.org was registered on August 18, 2008.
Some believe that the bitcoin developer is one male born in Japan on April 5, 1957 while others believe that he is a man from London, England, United Kingdom. Here are 13 things about him/her/them:
- On August 22, 2008, he/she/they sent an email to Wei Dai, the computer engineer who published “b-money, an anonymous, distributed electronic cash system.”
- On October 31, 2008, he/she/they published “Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System,” a paper on the cryptography mailing list at metzdowd.com that described a digital cryptocurrency.
- On November 16, 2008, he/she/they shared a pre-release version of the bitcoin code with several Cryptography Mailing List members, which included Hal Finney, James A. Donald and Ray Dillinger.
- On November 19, 2008, Finney sent her/him/them an email to thank him/her/them for some corrections.
- In forum postings and source code comments, he/she/they used the British English words flat, maths, grey and colour and the expression bloody hard.
- On January 8, 2009, he/she/they sent an email to Finney to notify him about the release of the version 0.1 of the bitcoin software. The release happened on Sourceforge on January 9, 2009, the same day the network by mining the genesis block of bitcoin, which had a reward of 50 bitcoins, was launched.
- On January 10, 2009, he/she/they and Finney discussed bitcoin’s new mailing list on Sourceforge.
- On the eve of January 11, 2009, he/she/they transferred 10 BTC to Finney, which marked the first ever bitcoin transfer.
- Since mid-January 2009, he/she/they has/have not spent her/his/their coins, which were worth more than $19 billion in December 2017.
- On February 11, 2009, he/she/they announced bitcoin as a new open source P2P e-cash system that is completely decentralized and has no central server or trusted parties.
- On December 12, 2010, he/she/they wrote in the Bitcoin Forum, “There’s more work to do on DoS, but I’m doing a quick build of what I have so far in case it’s needed, before venturing into more complex ideas. The build for this is version 0.3.19.”
- On April 23, 2011, he/she/they sent an email to Bitcoin Core developer Mike Hearn saying, “I’ve moved on to other things. It’s in good hands with Gavin and everyone.”
- On March 7, 2014, he/she/they supported Japanese-American man Dorian Prentice Satoshi Nakamoto‘s claim that he was not the bitcoin creator via the P2P Foundation forum.