Dorian S. Nakamoto denies Newsweek claims he is Bitcoin founder


By John Glenday, Reporter

March 7, 2014 | 2 min read

A Californian man has denied any involvement in Bitcoin following publication of a Newsweek article which suggested that he was the mysterious founder of the virtual currency.

Dorian S. Nakamoto has been the subject of intense press speculation since being named by the mag but is adamant that he has nothing to do with it.

The plot thickened further when an individual claiming to be the real Satoshi Nakamoto stated ‘I am not Dorian Nakamoto’, in a brief message on the P2P Foundation’s Ning page – a post which has been given more credence as it used the same email address as a 2009 post which included one of the first papers to describe Bitcoin.

Responding to a query from TechCrunch as to whether this person could be the same, Ning creator Josef Davies-Coates said: “It could easily be the same person. But who is to say the original creator of the account is the ‘real’ person.

“I can confirm, however, that the registered email address on the account on our Ning network is which is the same one mentioned in the original paper. So perhaps whoever created that account is indeed the ‘real’ person, whoever that is. I’d guess they likely are.”


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