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Satoshi Nakamoto invented bitcoin in 2008.
Who is he? In the past few years, there have been no shortage of theories:
Tatsuaki Okamoto, a researcher at NTT, the Japanese telecom company.
Micheal Clear, a 23-year old graduate student at Trinity College, Dublin.
Vili Lehdonvirta, a Finnish programmer.
Shinichi Mochizuki, a math professor at Kyoto University.
Neal King, Vladimir Oksman, and/or Charles Bry, whose names were on a 2008 patent application for “updating and distributing encryption keys”.
Jed McCaleb, the co-founder of now defunct bitcoin exchange Mt Gox.
Dustin Trammell, a security researcher.
Or, Satoshi Nakamoto, a 64-year old, LA-area, Prius-driving model-train enthusiast, who Newsweek’s Leah McGrath Goodman tracked down with the help of forensic researchers.
Or not Satoshi Nakamoto, according to Satoshi Nakamoto. -- Ben Walsh
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