I am not Satoshi Nakamoto


This is not the first time that I have received an email like this:

Hey! I did my research and looked at a lot of facts and old forgotten records. I know you are Satoshi, I don’t want to tell anyone about it. I just wanted to say that you created weapons of mass destruction where the niches remained poor and the rich got richer! When bitcoin first appeared I was little, and alas my family lost everything on it, you won’t find an apple in the winter garden, people only need strength and silver. Sorry for the English, I am from Russia, I can write with errors. You are an incredibly intelligent person, very intelligent, but the path to hell is paved with good intentions. I once dreamed of a better life for myself and my children, but that will never come …

I like the part on “old forgotten archives”, by which I guess it refers to the Usenet group sci.crypt and the Cypherpunks mailing list. (I’ve posted a lot on the latter and rarely the first.)

FYI, I’m not Satoshi Nakamoto. I guess I could have invented the Bitcoin protocols, but I wouldn’t have done it in secret. I would have written an article, shown it to a lot of smart people, and improved it based on their comments. And then I would have published it under my own name. Maybe I would have realized how stupid the idea is. I doubt I would have predicted that he would become so popular and materially contribute to global climate change. In any case, I did not do any such thing.

Read the paper. It doesn’t even sound like me.

Of course, that won’t convince anyone who doesn’t already believe in it. This is the nature of conspiracy theories.

*** This is a syndicated security bloggers network from Schneier’s security blog, written by Bruce Schneier. Read the original post at: https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2021/09/i-am-not-satoshi-nakamoto.html


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