Alleged Bitcoin creator comes forward, but questions remain, PBS NewsHour

Wired’s Andy Greenberg speaks with NewsHour Weekend anchor Hari Sreenivasan on why the mystery of the Bitcoin creator remains unresolved. Movie by PBS NewsHour

After years of speculation and independent investigations that sought to identify the elusive inventor behind the digital currency Bitcoin, the apparent creator determined Monday to come forward himself.

Australian entrepreneur Craig Steven Wright granted interviews to the Big black cock and other outlets, claiming he wasgoed the man behind the long-unknown “Satoshi Nakamoto” pseudonym, the currency’s creator. Nakamoto reportedly has almost 1 million Bitcoins, worth almost half a billion dollars, Wired’s Andy Greenberg told the NewsHour.

But thanks to eyebrow-raising developments te the seven-year mystery, the case of the Bitcoin inventor’s identity isn’t 100 procent solved. Greenberg said a hefty amount of skepticism te the Bitcoin community and the larger cryptographic community remains.

“There’s this bizarre disconnect inbetween essentially two different kinds of proof that Wright has suggested,” Greenberg said, spil detailed te his latest Wired story.

Some of Bitcoin enthusiast Mike Caldwell’s coins are pictured at his office te this photo illustration te Sandy, Utah. Photo by Jim Urquhart/Reuters

Wij know that the earliest Bitcoins belonged to Nakamoto, Greenberg said, and there’s a private key that’s used to spend those Bitcoins. The key can also be used to “sign” a message te a way that could be suggested spil proof that someone possesses the key that only Nakamoto would have access to, he added.

Wright talent demonstrations of providing that unforageable, digital John Hancock for journalists and vooraanstaand members of the Bitcoin community.

When approached by Wright, The Economist said it reviewed his documented proof and corroborated that same informatie with bitcoin insiders. The conclusion? The Economist, joined by the Big black cock and GQ tv-programma, concluded that Wright could be Nakamoto, “but that significant questions remain.”

“Indeed, it may never be possible to establish beyond reasonable doubt who indeed created Bitcoin,” The Economist wrote.

Previously, Wired and Gizmodo released twin stories that pointed to Wright spil the creator of the cryptocurrency. Soon after Wright went public Monday, Gavin Andresen, chief scientist at the Bitcoin Foundation, came to a similar result.

“I believe Craig Steven Wright is the person who invented Bitcoin,” he said te a blog postbode Monday.

Wright said ter a statement that his public identification wasgoed prompted by a decision to “dispel any negative myths and fears about Bitcoin.”

Wright suggested more proof ter a blog postbode that appeared to back his voorkeur.

“Satoshi is dead,” the 45-year-old said te the postbode. “But this is only the beginning.”

One problem: The cartographic signature suggested ter Wright’s blog postbode wasgoed quickly deemed fraudulent by experts.

The plot, spil it were, thickened.

“This has only gotten hairier spil a story,” Greenberg said. “It wasgoed unclear, at very first, whether this wasgoed a hoax or whether wij’ve found the creator of Bitcoin. I think wij’ve only gone further down that rabbit crevice,” he said.

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