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Satoshi Nakamoto created Bitcoin anonymously. Now his cover may have been blown.


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Satoshi Nakamoto has long been assumed to be the pseudonym for the man (or woman) who created Bitcoin. The mysterious individual largely vanished from the Web after interest in the virtual currency began picking up steam. But Newsweek's Leah McGrath Goodman believes she's finally tracked down the person behind the world's most controversial medium of exchange. And surprisingly, Satoshi Nakamoto is his real name.

Nakamoto reportedly lives in an ordinary-looking home with a driveway and a lawn in Temple City, Calif. He's a descendent of samurai and came to the United States in 1959, where he showed a brilliance for mathematics and became an engineer doing military contract work for RCA. According to family members and former colleagues, Nakamoto once called a job interviewer an idiot to his face. He's done classified work for the Federal Aviation Administration and has had six children from multiple marriages.

One reason it's been so hard to find him: In 1973, Nakamoto started going by "Dorian," even though he's kept "Satoshi" as a middle name. Per Newsweek:

It was only while scouring a database that contained the registration cards of naturalized U.S. citizens that a Satoshi Nakamoto turned up whose profile and background offered a potential match. But it was not until after ordering his records from the National Archives and conducting many more interviews that a cohesive picture began to take shape.

Newsweek worked with two forensic scientists on the extensive reporting project, which culminated in a driveway interview with Nakamoto himself. Was he the same Nakamoto who created Bitcoin?

"I am no longer involved in that and I cannot discuss it," he said. "It's been turned over to other people. They are in charge of it now. I no longer have any connection."

Brian Fung covers technology for The Washington Post, focusing on telecommunications and the Internet. Before joining the Post, he was the technology correspondent for National Journal and an associate editor at the Atlantic.
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