The identity of Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto may be about to be revealed due to a judicial investigation aimed at determining the legal heirs of a fortune valued at more than 70 billion in digital currency.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the case in point is between the family of David Kleiman, the late computer forensics specialist, and Craig Wright, a former business partner who claims to be Satoshi Nakamoto, the pseudonym under which the company was founded. Bitcoin digital currency.
Kleiman’s family accuses Wright of misappropriating the Satoshi Nakamoto name, as well as the amount, and alleges that the two created the cryptocurrency together, so the fortune must be split in two.
“We have evidence and we believe it is enough to show that there was a partnership to create and mine more than one million bitcoins,” said Val Freedman, a lawyer for the Kleiman family, speaking to the newspaper.
According to several analysts of this activity, they argue that anyone involved will only be able to prove that they are, in fact, the creator of the currency, if they can present a valid password that gives them access to Nakamoto’s digital wallet, where more than one are stored. million bitcoins. The amount has never been changed and the fact that neither party has yet been able to produce a valid password has generated more and more skeptics who are shy about choosing a side in this dispute.
The identity of Satoshi Nakamoto, the creator of the Bitcoin cryptocurrency, has been a real mystery since 2008, when a nine-page document was released to announce and explain the birth and functioning of Bitcoin, until now. The manifesto was signed by Satoshi Nakamoto, but because he never showed his face, for those in the field it raises several questions, such as whether it is an individual or a group of people.
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The Kleiman family says that the document that made the Bitcoin digital currency mining theorem was written by David Kleiman and Craig Wright, and where the latter says that he and he alone is Satoshi Nakamoto, although several other scientists and prominent figures in the world cryptocurrencies have been singled out as possible creators of Bitcoin.
According to what has been released so far, the list of “probables” includes names such as the Japanese-American engineer, Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto; Michael Clear, alumnus of cryptography at Trinity College, Dublin; Nock Szabo, Hungarian scientist; and Finnish researcher Vili Lehdonvirta. All of them denied having any responsibility for the creation of the currency.
Nakamoto has not appeared online since December 2010, after a period of activity in the two previous years, during which time he published messages and exchanged ideas with the first to show curiosity for the cryptocurrency.
So far there is no genuine, independent and credible evidence to prove Nakamoto’s identity, although there are strong suspicions complicating the Kleiman and Wright cases and the investigation is likely to drag on for quite some time.
Earlier this year, Wright faced some criticism for filing a lawsuit seeking to recover $7.25 billion worth of cryptocurrencies he says he owns. The Australian demands that 16 programmers specializing in cryptocurrency help him recover the value that will be stored in two digital wallets registered under addresses for which Wright does not have a password because, according to him, his home computer network was hacked.