New Yorker Reporter May Have Uncovered Secretive Bitcoin Creator
from the in-the-clear dept
There’s been plenty of press attention on Bitcoin over the last six to eight months, and many talk about how Bitcoin came about in a rather secretive manner by someone going by the name “Satoshi Nakamoto,” who then basically disappeared. No one seems to know who Nakamoto is. However, in a new New Yorker article (mostly hidden behind a paywall), reporter Joshua Davis may have tracked down Nakamoto. While the New Yorker is going to lose traffic and interest in this story by not putting it online, it’s opened up the opportunity for others, such as the folks at Planet Money, who have the key details: including the belief that “Nakamoto” is likely a guy named Michael Clear.
So Davis, the author of the New Yorker story, emails Clear. “I like to keep a low profile,” Clear replies. “I’m curious to know how you found me.”
Davis eventually cuts to the chase:
Finally, I asked, “Are you Satoshi?”
He laughed, but didn’t respond. There was an awkward silence.
“If you like, I’d be happy to review the design for you,” he offered instead. “I could let you know what I think.”
“Sure,” I said hesitantly. “Do you need me to send you a link to the code?”
“I think I can find it,” he said.
In the end, Clear says he’s not the guy ? but his denial leaves the door open just a crack:
“I’m not Satoshi,” Clear said. “But even if I was I wouldn’t tell you.”
The other key point is that Clear points out a weakness in the Bitcoin code: encryption for wallets. When Planet Money’s Jacob Goldstein asks another Bitcoin expert about what’s new in Bitcoin, the guy points out that the latest version… has wallet encryption.