Hey guys, I’m writing this post mostly to save the stuff I’m going to share from being censored/removed, but also to share some of my thoughts about the thing.
I like spy movies a lot, so if this just looks like bullshit to you be fair and be good, I’m just worried about the people’s privacy :)
I don’t know if you’ve been following the whole BitCoin and Satoshi Nakamoto drama, basically Mr. Craig Wright claims that he is Nakamoto, reveiling, finally, the true BitCoin creator’s identity.
He also showed some alleged crypto proof.
Suddenly, on Reddit people started to explain how this “proof” was fake.
JoukeH discovered that the signature on Craig Wright's blog post is not a signature of any "Sartre" message, but just the signature inside of Satoshi's 2009 Bitcoin transaction. It absolutely doesn't show that Wright is Satoshi, and it does very strongly imply that the purpose of the blog post was to deceive people. So Craig Wright is once again shown to be a likely scammer. When will the media learn? Take the signature being “verified” as proof in the blog post: MEUCIQDBKn1Uly8m0UyzETObUSL4wYdBfd4ejvtoQfVcNCIK4AIgZmMsXNQWHvo6KDd2Tu6euEl13VTC3ihl6XUlhcU+fM4= Convert to hex: 3045022100c12a7d54972f26d14cb311339b5122f8c187417dde1e8efb6841f55c34220ae0022066632c5cd4161efa3a2837764eee9eb84975dd54c2de2865e9752585c53e7cce Find it in Satoshi's 2009 transaction: https://blockchain.info/tx/828ef3b079f9c23829c56fe86e85b4a69d9e06e5b54ea597eef5fb3ffef509fe?format=hex Also, it seems that there's substantial vote manipulation in /r/Bitcoin right now...
I just thought “oh, some bad guy is speculating on bitcoins … meh” … but then this came out:
Why I declined to "verify" SN's identity two weeks ago About two weeks ago I was contacted and asked to offer security advice for a project. I was asked to sign an NDA in order to discuss the project itself, something I am reluctant to do, in general. Once I received the NDA however, it became obvious that the project was related to verifying the identity of Satoshi Nakamoto. I immediately declined the offer, declined to participate and declined to sign the NDA. I'm sure many people will think I was wrong to decline the "opportunity" to verify SN's identity. From my perspective, the request for me to verify his/her/their identity is in itself an appeal to authority. It is replacing public cryptographic proof with endorsement by a third party. If SN wants to "prove" their identity, they don't need an "authority" to do so. They can do it in a public, open manner. To ask people in the space who have a reputation to stake that reputation and vouch for SN's identity raises many red flags in my mind. I don't know if Craig Wright is SN. I don't care and I don't want to know. As I have expressed many times in the past, I think the identity of Satoshi Nakamoto does not matter. More importantly I think it serves to distract from the fact that bitcoin is not controlled by anyone and is not a system of Appeal-to-Authority. Identifying the creator only serves to feed the appeal-to-authority crowd, as if SN is some kind of infallible prophet, or has any say over bitcoin's future. Identity and authority are distractions from a system of mathematical proof that does not require trust. This is not a telenovela. Bitcoin is a neutral framework of trust that can bring financial empowerment to billions of people. It works because it doesn't depend on any authority. Not even Satoshi's. Back to work.
The user who posted is not just some unknown, random user, he’s a well recognized part of the Reddit community.
I’m neither a crypto expert nor a politics expert, but what I know is that during these very same days, governments all over the world are discussiong about our privacy, the right to have encrypted and private communications and so forth.
And these links are just a small example about what is happening.
Having said that … isn’t this BitCoin thing very peculiar at this time?
If someone is really trying to replace cryptokeys and take control of the BitCoin market, who is he? Or … who are them? Which organization is big enough to compromise/buy the media and spread such BS at such level?
Is it just me, or this is some kind of declaration of cyber war to the free people of the free web, us?
Maybe … yeah, it’s just me … or maybe George Orwell was very right.
Perhaps a lunatic was simply a minority of one. - George Orwell, 1984