It’s been almost a decade since the inception of Bitcoin, a technology created by the infamous and anonymous Satoshi Nakamoto. Over the years, many people have been hunting for Bitcoin’s inventor and Satoshi sightings have increased a great deal since 2016. During the course of 2018 there were numerous so-called Satoshi sightings and a couple of individuals who claimed to be the mysterious creator himself.
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2018 was a crazy year for cryptocurrency enthusiasts and a prolific one for all the loons who claimed to be Satoshi Nakamoto. A bunch of individuals came out of the woodwork this year to tell the world they created Bitcoin, and one of them even published the first chapter of a purported Satoshi Nakamoto autobiography. Then there were a few odd Satoshi-related sightings like the ‘21e8’ Bitcoin hash, which actually led people to believe Satoshi was an alien time traveler with the ability to utilize superior quantum computation. Each and every story and self-proclaimed Satoshi failed to sway the crypto community in 2018, but nevertheless, the discussions revolving around Bitcoin’s creator remained as fun as ever.
The hunt for Satoshi Nakamoto in 2018 was filled with many debunked self-identifications and so-called sightings.
Satoshi’s Tell-All Book
This summer, Bitcoiners found out that Satoshi Nakamoto was allegedly writing an autobiography. Back in June, Bloomberg columnist Matthew Leising led a few gullible people to believe that Satoshi was possibly writing his memoirs in order to publish a tell-all. A website called Nakamotofamilyfoundation.org, which has since been deleted, was a 21-page PDF of the first chapter. The website’s creators even added a cryptogram puzzle so curious readers could find some more ‘clues’ after solving.
“Announcing the first excerpt to a literary work consisting of two parts and the excerpt is provided — I wanted to include it as a brief glimpse of history — Even for those that can’t read the full book, I wanted to make this available to everyone,” explained the Nakamotofamilyfoundation.org website.
Matthew Leising’s published ‘Duality’ hit piece on Bloomberg was quickly forgotten and the second excerpt never came to fruition.
It only took a few hours for armchair sleuths to debunk the exposé’s 21-page manuscript. The document was also assessed with stylometrics and failed to match up with Satoshi’s previous writings. Naturally, the Satoshi Nakamoto autobiography was forgotten about very quickly, the website was deleted, and the second published excerpt never materialized.
Stylometric Research Said Gavin Andresen Was Satoshi
Bitcoin developer Gavin Andresen.
In another case involving stylometry this year, a study was done by the nonprofit organization Zy Crypto, based in England. Stylometry is a scientific method that studies the linguistic style of typed text and handwriting in order to find similarities in prior writings. According to Zy Crypto’s research, the true identity of Satoshi Nakamoto is likely the well-known Bitcoin developer Gavin Andresen. However, after Zy Crypto’s study was published, Andresen spoke out on Twitter and told his followers he had lost a lot of faith in the science of stylometry, stating “My opinion of the accuracy of Stylometry has dropped significantly after reading this.”
The Owner of the Bitcoin Cash Trademark
Another Satoshi sighting took place in June when it was discovered that a resident from Hawaii had filed trademark requests for the name Bitcoin Cash and was also squatting on numerous BCH and Satoshi-based web domains. Two trademark filings for the phrase ‘Bitcoin Cash’ were registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in 2018 and the owner of the trademarks also claimed to be Satoshi Nakamoto.
The Bitcoin Cash trademark request was filed by a Hawaiian resident named Ronald Keala Kua Maria.
Looking further down the rabbit hole, the website domains and trademarks led to a person named Ronald Keala Kua Maria. According to reports in 2001, Kua Maria was allegedly involved with fraud and grifting accusations. Kua Maria’s website describes why he patented the phrase ‘Bitcoin Cash’ while also detailing that he is the creator of Bitcoin.
“I am the real one and only Satoshi Nakamoto — I own all the private keys, blockchains, altcoins and Bitcoins under copyright law. In the event of my death, incapacitation, coma, kidnapping, detainment and or incarceration all of my copyrighted works and all related works shall no longer be used by anyone anywhere for any reason at any time subject to change without any notice at any time by Ronald Keala Kua…