The question of the identity of Satoshi Nakamoto has been one of the biggest mysteries in the crypto community since Bitcoin was launched in 2008. Multiple media reports have attempted to “reveal” the person or group of individuals that stand behind the top digital currency creation, but “without much success,” according to Oberhaus.
The first attempt to reveal Satoshi’s identity goes back to October 2011, just a few months after Satoshi went silent. Joshua Davis wrote a piece for The New Yorker that suggested Nakamoto to be a thirty-one-year-old Finnish researcher at the Helsinki Institute for Information Technology Vili Lehdonvirta. The person eventually claimed that he was not Satoshi, adding that “even if [he] was [he] wouldn’t tell.”
In 2014, Newsweek reported on a Japanese-American man name Satoshi Nakamoto in California who once discovered by journalists, claimed to be the Bitcoin creator. After a lengthy investigation, it was discovered that he was not the “real” Satoshi.
In 2016, Gizmodo published a story about Craig Wright, who publicly announced he was Satoshi. The Australian computer scientist and businessman has made many controversial statements throughout his career, and later that year, failed to back up his claims that he was the creator of Bitcoin.