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Bitcoin's elusive founder reportedly discovered living in California (update: maybe not)

Jamie Rigg, @jmerigg
March 6, 2014
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There have been many theories bandied about as to the true identity of Satoshi Nakamoto, the creator of Bitcoin. Nothing conclusive has married the name to an individual or group, but now Newsweek claims to have found the Nakamoto, a 64-year-old Japanese-American man of the same name residing in California. Allegedly living an understated life, Nakamoto's said to no longer be connected to the digital currency he's implicated in making. We know this all sounds annoyingly cut and dried (a story's often more exciting than the reality, after all), but there's still Nakamoto's name changes and classified government work, among other things, to keep things mysterious. Whether this truly is the father of Bitcoin is still up for discussion, too -- there's still been no clear admission as such -- so we'll just point you to the Newsweek piece and let you make your own mind up.

Update: After an eventful day of dodging reporters and engaging in a multi-car chase through Los Angeles, Nakamoto has sat down with the Associated Press to strongly deny he has anything to do with the digital currency. Indeed, he told the AP that he's never even heard of Bitcoin until three weeks ago when his son told him a reporter called to ask questions about it. However, the Newsweek article itself quotes Nakamoto's brother as saying that "he'll never admit to starting Bitcoin" and that "he'll deny everything." All of which is to say the true identity of Bitcoin's founder remains very much unconfirmed.

Update 2: Apparently the genuine Satoshi Nakamoto has just posted on to the P2P Foundation (a forum for peer to peer currency) stating that he is not Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto, the person whom Newsweek fingered as Bitcoin's founder.

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