Vitalik Buterin calls man claiming to be Satoshi Nakamoto a ‘fraud’

Ethereum‘s co-founder, Vitalik Buterin, called Craig Wright “a fraud,” during a recent conference.

Wright came out in 2016 claiming to be Bitcoin’s mysterious creator, Satoshi Nakamoto.

Mr. Wright has never been able to satisfactorily back-up his claims, however.

Nobody knows the real identity of Bitcoin’s pseudonymous billionaire creator.

Buterin is adamant it’s not the Australian who claims to be Satoshi, though.

Speaking to the Deconomy conference organizers in South Korea on Tuesday, Mr. Buterin said:

“Given that he makes so many non-sequiturs and mistakes, why is this fraud allowed to speak at this conference?”

His comments were met with applause from audience members after asking the question.

Here’s another look at Buterin’s comments in more detail:

Bitcoin, Controversy over Principle

The confrontation took place during a panel featuring Roger Ver, Samson Mow, and Wright, called “Bitcoin, Controversy over Principle.”

The discussion centered around, the controversial bitcoin derivative backed by the panelists, Bitcoin Cash.

Vitalik Buterin also live-tweeted the panel with extremely technical critiques of their discussion:

It might be hard for non-tech people to follow his arguments, but his point is clear:

Bitcoin fraud

Craig Wright first made headlines when Gizmodo and Wired both claimed they had identified him as the creator of Bitcoin.

In May 2016, Wright published a blog post and spearheaded a media push saying he was, in fact, Satoshi Nakamoto.

But the evidence he presented made little sense on a technical, cryptographic level.

His blog post was blasted as nonsensical, by cryptography experts at the time.

There are several ways that the real creator of Bitcoin could prove his identity.

Instead, Wright’s supposed proof was needlessly complicated and contained no evidence.

Wright later removed the post following ridicule.

Since then Wright has publically backed Bitcoin Cash and used the fame to start a cryptocurrency-related company.

It’s no surprise that Buterin, who is the actual technical vision behind Ethereum, along with many others in the cryptocurrency world still think he’s a fraud.

Wright responded Buterin statement in a tweet on Tuesday morning but didn’t tag him in the post: