Here’s Where Bitcoin’s Satoshi Nakamoto May Have Lived

Here's Where Bitcoin's Satoshi Nakamoto May Have Lived

New research suggests that the enigmatic creator of Bitcoin, Satoshi Nakamoto, may have lived in London when he was working on the world’s first cryptocurrency. This emerges from a report published on The chain bulletin On Monday.

“Analysis of Satoshi’s Bitcointalk posts, SourceForge commits and emails, as well as other available data, suggests the most likely location the anonymous inventor of Bitcoin called home – London,” wrote Doncho Karaivanov, author of the report.

In total, Nakamoto’s researchers analyzed 539 Bitcointalk posts, 34 emails, 169 code commits, metadata from different versions of Bitcoin, Genesis block data, and records from Wayback Machine – a service that can be used to view archived versions of websites.

According to Karaivanov, between October 31, 2008 and December 13, 2010, the researchers discovered “742 instances of activity from 206 days (non-consecutive)”. Using this data, they created scatter plots to calculate the location of Nakamoto based on the times when it was active.

The Shard looks out over London. Image: Shutterstock

“Common suspicious locations include the UK (GMT), US Eastern (EST), US Pacific (PST), Japan (JST), and Australia (AEST). The last two were easy to debunk, but the first three prospects needed further scrutiny, ”Karaivanov explained.

While time zones could provide some clues, they are by no means irrefutable evidence. However, by combining and cross-referencing all of the available data, the researchers concluded that Satoshi did not live in Japan and Australia while working on Bitcoin.

In fact, the most plausible clue is the message Nakamoto put on Bitcoin’s Genesis block: “The Times Chancellor on 03 / Jan / 2009 on the verge of a second bailout for banks.” This was a direct quote from an article posted on Published January 3, 2009 in the London newspaper The Times.

The researchers stated that Nakamoto likely would not have seen this headline if he had lived in the United States. Karaivanov added that the online version of the article was spelled differently and it is “extremely unlikely” that the US version of the publication will have the same formatting.

Bitcoin is the largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization. Image: Shutterstock

“This exact edition of The Times has not been circulated in the United States,” noted Karaivanov, adding, “This is without mentioning any evidence suggesting that Satoshi is British, as his spelling of endings with -ise instead of – ize and – our instead of – or eg analyze, organize, neighbors, color, etc. Then the word bloody is used. In particular, we not only think that he is British, but that he also lived in London when he was working on Bitcoin . “

While this investigation does not provide concrete evidence of Nakamoto’s whereabouts, it definitely makes some strong arguments for Britain in the end.

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