According to a Bloomberg report, notorious crypto enthusiast and antivirus software maker, John McAfee, claims to have spoken with Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto. Further, he says he will reveal this person’s identity.
John McAfee Claims to Know Satoshi Nakamoto
When this reveal will be, however, remains unclear, despite McAfee initially telling Bloomberg he would expose Nakamoto “within a week.” McAfee said yesterday that the controversy his announcement would bring could damage his efforts to fight extradition to the US. Saying in a Twitter post:
“Releasing the identity of Satoshi at this time could influence the trial and risk my extradition […] I cannot risk that. I’ll wait.”
But in speaking to Bloomberg, McAfee said the following:
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“I’ve spoken with him, and he is not a happy camper about my attempt to out him.”
However, it remains skeptical whether his claim is true—so many others have attempted to track down the Bitcoin pioneer and failed.
Satoshi Nakamoto is the pseudonym given to the person or people who created Bitcoin and spawned an entire currency. There have been multiple theories as to who the creator of the digital coin is, with each one causing hot debate. No one who has come forward with a suggestion has ever been able to prove it and theories are often quickly discredited. The mystery has gone so far as to suggest Tesla CEO Elon Musk is Satoshi Nakamoto—something he himself quickly denied.
Other claimants include Bitcoin SV founder Craig Wright and Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin.
All we know is if McAfee’s claim is true, then Nakamoto is a man living in the US.
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In speaking to Bloomberg, McAfee reminded people that he has spent a lifetime tracking down hackers, meaning he is well capable of tracking down Nakamoto.
“People forget that I am a technologist […] I am one of the best,” he furthered.
What do you think? Do you believe McAfee?
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