Nearly a decade has passed since the world first learned about Satoshi Nakamoto, the pseudonymous creator of Bitcoin whose identity has been shrouded in mystery ever since. Quite a few research and investigative efforts over the years have failed to establish Nakamoto’s identity; the most infamous effort conducted by Newsweek as part of the magazine’s revival ended up becoming a terrible nuisance for an elderly Japanese American scientist and his family.
In recent weeks, two news stories have shown that the search for Satoshi Nakamoto has hardly subsided; instead: it has increased considerably and could actually result in reasonable clues. The first news report centers on a dubious claim by a man from Hawaii who not only says he is Nakamoto but is also working on an autobiography. The other news story is focused on a crowdfunding effort to hire private detectives around the world to track down the elusive Satoshi, who may not even be a man for all we know; in fact, a valid theory is that the pseudonym refers to a group of cryptocurrency developers who place great value on privacy and anonymity.
As for the crowdfunding effort to investigate Nakamoto’s background and identity, financial backers feel more confident that their pooled resources will yield positive results. The private detectives being evaluated to take on the case have contacts in the world of cryptocurrency development, and they are based around the world. Some of these investigators are being retained on a contingency basis, which means that they can expect a substantial bonus if they solve the case.