Here are a few more assumptions. This time, a little more adequate.
- In 2014, a Japanese-American physicist, Dorian Nakamoto, was found by the media interested in finding the real Nakamoto. Journalists were interested in his name, field of activity (Mr. Nakamoto worked in both secret defense projects and large financial companies), and libertarian views. When asked directly about the creation of Bitcoin during an interview, he evasively replied that he was no longer working on the project, but later said that his words were misinterpreted and that the scientist had nothing to do with Satoshi Nakamoto.
- Cryptographer Hal Finney was the first person to receive a transaction on a Bitcoin network. He claimed that he had only been in contact with the real Satoshi Nakamoto and presented their personal correspondence as evidence, but prompt journalists saw several more coincidences. In 2004, Hal Finney described a reusable proof-of-work technique that is now reminiscent of the well-known proof-of-work well before the creation of a Bitcoin network. Conspiracy theorists also linked the severe illness and subsequent death of the scientist in 2014 to the suspicious disappearance of Satoshi Nakamoto shortly before.
- And the most convincing candidate for the role of Satoshi Nakamoto today is Nick Sabo, a cryptographer in the US. In 1998, he first proposed the idea of digital currency, bit gold, long before the first Bitcoin conversation, but it did not work at the time due to many technical limitations. He later developed the concept of smart contracts. Analysis of writing code (yes, there is! Stylometry can be applied to any written text, even code) shows that Nick Szabo probably wrote code for Bitcoin algorithms. Moreover, it has been repeatedly noted that the Szabo and Nakamoto texts repeat the same characteristic: they both use double space. That’s it. Nick Szabo himself rejects such assumptions.