Little is known about Satoshi Nakamoto. The person (or people) behind the creation of the world’s first fully operational cryptocurrency has been kept a secret for decades on end.
After the popularization of Bitcoin, the name has become more like a myth – “Satoshi Nakamoto” became a legend worthy of “medieval-like” stories about the man who completely destabilized the world’s economy in an effort for the common good of the people when he created the first step towards a truly decentralized currency.
Of course, all of those are just that – stories. Utterly nothing is known about Satoshi Nakamoto. No one knows if it is a man, a woman, or even a group of people who worked together on the project.
That is why the recent news of a Bitcoin enthusiast finding the “beta version” of Bitcoin’s code is seen with great skepticism.
The person goes by the name of Jim Blasko, and he claims to have discovered “the missing Bitcoin v0.1 raw data and files.”
Everyone’s initial reaction to those claims would be to disregard it as just someone looking for a spotlight in the crypto community.
However, there is one thing that might make Blasko’s claim hold weight.
The alleged “Bitcoin v0.1) code is still in Soundforge – the open-source software development platform where Bitcoin was documented in November 2008.
Satoshi Nakamoto’s original code vanished from search engines and was thought to be gone for ten years until Blasko discovered the files were still available through “browser hacking.”
“This particular upload was thought to have been lost for at least 10 years, but after doing research on some old coins I made, I went to SourceForge and with a little browser hacking I found the lost Bitcoin v0.1 raw data and files,” Blasko told in a statement. “Since 2012 it was thought that the raw code and the files were gone as they had been scraped from the [SourceForge] search engine for some reason.
“I did some digging and I was able to find the original code.”
According to Cointelegraph, insights offered by two SourceForge links by Blasko revealed that Satoshi’s personal notations included observations about Bitcoin’s use of base-58 instead of normal base-64 encoding, as well as queries regarding potential problems.
The first Bitcoin block, known as the Genesis Block, was mined on January 3, 2009, after Satoshi Nakamoto’s 2008 release of the cryptocurrency white paper. Individuals in the area have speculated about Satoshi’s true identity, with the pseudonymous creator being memorialized through monuments, papers, memes, and non-fungible tokens (NFTs), among other things.
Who Is Satoshi Nakamoto?
No one really knows.
“Satoshi Nakamoto” is the pseudonym for the entity behind the creation of Bitcoin. Cited as the author of a white paper sent to the cryptography mailing list, the name “Satoshi Nakamoto” became connected with Bitcoin.
It is believed that Satoshi Nakamoto’s wallet has around one million bitcoins.
According to Yahoo, Satoshi Nakamoto was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences in 2015 by Bhagwan Chowdhry, a finance professor at UCLA.