Could Satoshi Nakamoto finally be unmasked?
A new lawsuit against the creator of Bitcoin could finally unmask the true identity of Satoshi Nakamoto.
Since Bitcoin was first created almost a decade ago, the identity of its creator has been a mystery.
Aside from the name – Satoshi Nakamoto – nothing else is known about the inventor, or whether it’s even a real name.
Ever since its inception, internet sleuths, journalists and bitcoin enthusiasts have been attempting to unmask Satoshi Nakamoto.
One of the few things known about the mysterious creator is the number of Bitcoin he/she/they hold.
Satoshi Nakamoto owns almost 1 million of the digital coins that have never been touched.
The currency value of Nakamoto’s stash stands at around $10 billion.
Now, a lawsuit has been filed against a man who publically claims to be Nakamoto.
This bombshell court case could finally answer the biggest question in the crypto sphere: Who is Satoshi Nakamoto?
In 2016, Craig Wright outed himself as the notorious creator of the leading cryptocurrency.
His claims weren’t taken seriously though and were met with widespread skepticism.
The lawsuit is being brought by the family of one of Wright’s close collaborators.
Legal experts now believe that the lawsuit will confirm the true identity of Satoshi Nakamoto, once and for all.
Since making the claims, Wright said he was not going to provide any more proof to back up his story.
The Australian cryptographer has since largely disappeared from public view.
Now, the estate of computer scientist and cyber-security expert Dave Kleiman is filing a lawsuit against Wright.
Kleiman has often been identified as a possible key to the question of who created Bitcoin.
The lawsuit alleges that Wright stole 1,100,111 bitcoins from Kleinman that would currently be worth $10,236,532,855.
According to Kleinman’s estate, Wright also “unlawfully, willfully, and maliciously misappropriated trade secrets belonging to Dave’s estate relating to blockchain based technologies.”
Wright posted a response to the claim from his official Twitter account on Monday that merely said: “Greed.”
— Dr Craig S Wright (@ProfFaustus) February 26, 2018
According to one legal expert, the lawsuit would demand the expose the true identity of Satoshi Nakamoto:
Discovery will necessarily involve Satoshi’s identity (tho the pleadings suggest it’s irrelevant). Boies Schiller — for those who don’t follow US law firms — is a top notch litigation & trial shop. This is a real lawsuit, with quality lawyers, in front of a real judge. https://t.co/xOjP1sAZq9
— Much Palley (@stephendpalley) February 26, 2018
The Kleinman estate has hired top law firm Boies Schiller Flexner LLP.
The same team represented Al Gore in his case challenging the results of the 2000 presidential election in the Supreme Court.
Security specialists WizSec has slammed the claims as “fantasy” in a blog post, however.
WizSec suggests that neither Wright or Kleinman ever owned the bitcoin being claimed, saying:
“The very existence of those bitcoins in the first place is just another fantasy.”
“The lawsuit is a nonsensical fight over unrelated funds that never belonged to either party.”
Who is Dave Kleinman?
Kleinman was a former helicopter technician in the U.S. Army who was paralyzed following a severe motorcycle accident.
Wright and Kleinman met in an online cryptography forum in 2003.
According to the lawsuit, the two of them worked on the white paper that outlined how blockchain technology and Bitcoin would work.
The pair allegedly published the white paper under the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto in 2008.
The two men later started Florida-based cybersecurity company W&K Info Defense Research LLC, in 2011.
The lawsuit states, however, that “It is unclear whether Craig, Dave, and/or both created bitcoin.”
It then adds that they must have kept their involvement hidden, saying:
“For reasons not yet completely clear, they chose to keep their involvement in Bitcoin hidden from most of their family and friends.
“It is undeniable, however, that Craig and Dave were involved in bitcoin from its inception and that they both accumulated a vast wealth of bitcoins from 2009 through 2013.”
Ten months after his death, Dave’s 94-year-old father, Louis Kleinman reportedly received an email from Wright that claims:
“Your son Dave and I are two of the three key people behind bitcoin.”
After a long battle with Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA), Kleinman died in April 2013.
He passed away just months before Bitcoin broke into the mainstream.
No one in his family was aware of his involvement in Bitcoin at the time of his death.
Nor that he had also accumulated “an incredible sum of bitcoins.”
The lawsuit claims Wright used this fact to his advantage and seized Bitcoin belonging to Kleinman.
According to the Kleinman estate, Wright then forged a series of contracts to transfer the assets to Wright or his companies.
Wright backdated contracts and used a computer program to forge Dave Kleiman’s signature, according to the lawsuit.
The $10 Billion lawsuit against Craig Wright claims Wright used a computer-generated font called Otto to forge Dave Kleiman’s signature and acquire hundreds of thousands of bitcoins. pic.twitter.com/vFA6uowMZa
— Kyle Torpey (@kyletorpey) February 26, 2018
The circumstances of Kleinman’s death are shrouded in mystery.
In a statement regarding the discovery of his body, the lawsuit says:
“Dave was found dead in his home.
“The scene of Kleiman’s death was gruesome.
“His body was decomposing, there were wheelchair tracks of blood and fecal matter, open bottles of alcohol, and a loaded handgun next to him.
“A bullet hole in his mattress was found.”
Kleinman and Wright ran a Bitcoin mining operation from which they collected over one million bitcoins.
Their collective funds were held in trusts based in the UK, Seychelles, and Singapore.
Wright currently works for London-based blockchain startup nChain.
His role as Chief Scientist sees him file hundreds of blockchain and Bitcoin-related patents.
The identity of the person, or people, behind its inception has been the topic of the Bitcoin community for years.
Maybe now we will finally find out who the elusive Satoshi Nakamoto is.