To bring you the best content on our sites and applications, Meredith partners with third party advertisers to serve digital ads, including personalized digital ads. Those advertisers use tracking technologies the definitive history of bitcoin collect information about your activity on our sites and applications and across the Internet and your other apps and devices. After more than a year of hiatus, Newsweek needed to resurrect its U. According to Newsweek, Satoshi was genuinely named Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto: a 64-year-old family man living outside of Los Angeles, as math-savvy as Bitcoin’s creator would have to be, who shyly avoided the limelight once it became clear he’d created a monster.
There was just one small problem: In no uncertain terms, Nakamoto told The Associated Press later that very evening that he was not the man everyone’s looking for and that he first heard about the digital currency when Newsweek came knocking. To be fair, the real Satoshi would probably say something like that. Newsweek never retracted the story, but its online version is now amended with a statement from Dorian, who categorically denies being Bitcoin’s inventor, and who once promised to sue — though it’s unclear what became of that lawsuit. Either way, this was just the biggest of many attempts from the mainstream press to engage in Bitcoin’s oldest, most maddening endeavor: guessing at, and refuting, possible Satoshis. Speculation has ranged so widely that I’m not even going to pretend this is comprehensive history, or that the cited sources are the first time they appeared anywhere on the internet.