The trail of the Bitcoin inventor leads to London
Did Bitcoin originate on the banks of the Thames? A report claims to have identified Satoshi’s former whereabouts.
Who is Satoshi Nakamoto? Many myths and legends surround the inventors of Bitcoin. In April 2011 he disappeared from the scene forever. His identity remained unknown.
Every secret wants to be revealed and so Bitcoin fans set out on a great hunt for clues on the World Wide Web. They checked countless clues and discussed a number of possible candidates. Even by Bitcoin Pro the movement of ancient Bitcoin caused a newsworthy excitement 9 years later. All search efforts have so far come to nothing. Even in November 2020 we do not know who is hiding behind the pseudonym. A new investigation now claims to have found at least one stopover by Satoshi Nakamoto: London.
The bread trail leads to London
To reach this conclusion, Chainbulletin’s cyber-sniffers first evaluated the time stamps of Satoshi’s emails, his posts in the Bitcointalk forum and postings on the developer platform SourceForge. The times suggest that Satoshi must have been either in the UK or on one of the two coasts of the United States between 2008 and 2010. However, the authors exclude the possibility that he was resident in Japan or Australia during this period – when he was working on the Bitcoin protocol.
But three time zones are still two too many. To further limit the search radius, the crypto detectives therefore examined the Bitcoin Genesis block. For there, as is well known, the following message (translated into German here) is found: „The Times 03/Jan/2009 Chancellor shortly before second bank bailout. The explosive thing is that in English this wording literally corresponds to a headline on the front page of The Times on the same day.
In the USA, however, the newspaper was not available in this form and the article appeared online with a modified headline. For the Chainbulletin team, this is enough to indicate that the Bitcoin inventor must have been in the UK. Add to this (not new) consideration the information that almost half of all Times readers are from London and it is easy to conclude that Satoshi was there.
The guesswork about the Bitcoin inventor will never end
However, the authors of the report readily admit that this reasoning is anything but watertight. They themselves discuss some counter-arguments. Their attempts to refute the objections are not very convincing. But that only seems secondary. After all, the ongoing search for Satoshi has long become a popular community activity for Bitcoin disciples. So we can look forward to further publications on the subject in the coming years.