After years of mystery about his identity, an Australian revealed to be the creator of the virtual currency with which he can buy in stores or pay in exchange for services.
Three years of mysteries about who devised the bitcoin virtual currency ended on Monday. Its creator, who is not Japanese, uncovered his real name behind the pseudonym of Satoshi Nakamoto. It’s about the Australian Craig Wright.
“I am the main conceptualist (of bitcoin), but others helped me,” the businessman revealed in an exclusive interview with the BBC network.
To demonstrate that it was actually the mind behind the virtual currency, Craig presented cryptographic keys from the first operations done with the coin.
“These are the lots used to send 10 bitcoins to Hal Finney in January (of 2009), in the first operation with bitcoins,” the Australian explained, noting that Finney is one of the engineers and cryptographers who helped create the bitcoin.
Bitcoin is a digital currency that can be transferred between smartphones or computing devices to pay for purchases of any kind -in stores that accept it as moned- to services.
According to the BBC, the Australian made the decision to make himself known to “disperse any negative myths and fears” about this form of virtual payment. Also to preserve his relatives, who have allegedly been harassed by journalists since the American magazine Wired and the website Gizmodo published investigations last December where they gave Wright as inventor of the currency.
In his blog, on Monday Wright said goodbye to the character with whom he hid for years: “Satoshi is dead,” reads. “But this is just the beginning,” he added.
An economist and co-director of the Bitcoin foundation, Jon Matonis, confirmed the Australian’s revelation.
“I had the opportunity to examine the data based on three criteria: cryptographic, social and technical, and I am convinced that Craig Wright complies with all three,” he told the media.
Opponents to this currency assure that it is used for businesses that involve illegal traffic businesses and there are even countries that evaluate giving a legal framework to their use.
In 2013, the bitcoins came to be worth a thousand dollars, but currently they are trading for 460 dollars. It is believed that its creator has reached a fortune of one million bitcoins, equivalent to about 450 million dollars.
Wright revealed his identity to three media: BBC, The Economist newspaper and GQ magazine.