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Bitcoin Creator Satoshi Nakamoto Is 64 Year Old Man in L.A.

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  1. Tensegrity

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    http://mag.newsweek.com/2014/03/14/bitcoin-satoshi-nakamoto.html

    "I'd come here to try to find out more about Nakamoto and his humble life. It seemed ludicrous that the man credited with inventing Bitcoin - the world's most wildly successful digital currency, with transactions of nearly $500 million a day at its peak - would retreat to Los Angeles's San Bernardino foothills, hole up in the family home and leave his estimated $400 million of Bitcoin riches untouched. It seemed similarly implausible that Nakamoto's first response to my knocking at his door would be to call the cops. Now face to face, with two police officers as witnesses, Nakamoto's responses to my questions about Bitcoin were careful but revealing.

    Far from leading to a Tokyo-based whiz kid using the name "Satoshi Nakamoto" as a cipher or pseudonym (a story repeated by everyone from Bitcoin's rabid fans to The New Yorker), the trail followed by Newsweek led to a 64-year-old Japanese-American man whose name really is Satoshi Nakamoto. He is someone with a penchant for collecting model trains and a career shrouded in secrecy, having done classified work for major corporations and the U.S. military.

    There are several Satoshi Nakamotos living in North America and beyond - both dead and alive - including a Ralph Lauren menswear designer in New York and another who died in Honolulu in 2008, according to the Social Security Index's Death Master File. There's even one on LinkedIn who claims to have started Bitcoin and is based in Japan. But none of these profiles seem to fit other known details and few of the leads proved credible. Of course, there is also the chance "Satoshi Nakamoto" is a pseudonym, but that raises the question why someone who wishes to remain anonymous would choose such a distinctive name. 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."

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    Soooo many people are face-palming right about now...
     
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  2. DarkPixel

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    It's crazy how much personal info the author of the article included. He had included the address of his house, his dob before the edit, and still has a picture of his house, the names of his kids and his wife's.

    It's just irresponsible. He still has access to a bitcoin wallet with $400 million USD, and now his life might be in danger. Just crazy.
     
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    Agreed. The author is probably cared more about getting his page out first rather than the safety of the interviewed.
     
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    This whole ordeal is absolutely worth making a movie about

    But they should only allow tickets to be purchased via bitcoin
     
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    LOL

    BitCoin is full of secrets.
     
  7. Tensegrity

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    With that much money, he can afford a security system and body guards, no?
     
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    Chevy Chase, You're not fooling anybody
     
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    True or not this guy is as good as dead.
     
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    No, you're thinking of the Mt. Gox guy

     
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    Thats reporters for you, all they think about is the story.
     
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    Just read the comments, nobody seemed to notice that its about Satoshi Nakamoto. However, everyone noticed that Leah McGrath God Damn bad journalist.
     
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    Im also worried about him, many personal information.
    By the way, this man is a hero and pioneer from the start of this new Digital Age Economy!
    Now lets wait for the official coin for BOINC project, I will invest on that one :)
     
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    Nobody finds it odd that the first thing he does is calling the cops and that he had "a career shrouded in secrecy, having done classified work for major corporations and the U.S. military" , plus the fact that he lives in a somewhat low profile place while supposedly having a 400M USD fortune.

    Not a conspiracy theory guy, but this story, and the bitcoin story overall , sounds sketchy...
     
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    If anybody whacks this guy, it'll be somebody from the US Govt.
     
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    Ye this story is taking it to another level, this reporter is so.. oh nice avatar Boozie
     
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    He wanted to be left alone. Scumbag reporter revealed all his personal info for fame and publicity.
     
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    a) What if he 's not? If he is not, he does not have $400mil and his kids are a prime target for kidnap

    b) What if he is and he doesn't have access to his wallet any more?

    c) His money is not liquid like cash and he 's a 64-old man who suffered a stroke and is suffering from cancer.

    Overall, the magazine simply killed the man and his family. It 's not just the journalist, it 's the magazine itself. They chose to publish it that way and it was no accident. Newsweek is relaunching and needed a huge story to sell $147/year subscriptions. They killed his family over a damn WSO launch. How ethical is that?

    Much sad.
    So pissed.
    Much sorry.
     
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    Thanks, man.

    Anybody know more about the reporter? His name, address, wife kids? Fair is fair.
     
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