New research affirms Craig Wright isn’t Satoshi Nakamoto based off location data

New research affirms Craig Wright isn’t Satoshi Nakamoto based off location data

Prominent cryptocurrency researchers joined forces and uncovered compelling evidence that Craig Wright isn’t Satoshi Nakamoto. By comparing Satoshi’s IP address and Wright’s own testimony about his whereabouts at the beginning of 2009, researchers found that the two were at the opposite sides of the globe at the time.

Craig Wright unwittingly affirms he is not Satoshi Nakamoto

The saga of Craig Wright, one of the most controversial figures in the crypto industry, shows no signs of stopping. And while outrageous claims coming from Wright aren’t exactly news, it now seems that one of his claims will become some of the strongest evidence against him.

In a Medium post from Apr. 6, Wright wrote about the start of his alleged involvement with Bitcoin. He wrote, in detail, about the setup he used to run Bitcoin nodes, as well as the number of machines he used and where he kept them.

Wright further wrote:

“In my ranch that I used to own in Bagnoo, Australia, I converted part of my shed and home to run computers. In my house outside of Sydney, I took my garage and ran racks of machines.”

He noted that he traveled to his farm both on Jan. 3, when the genesis block is dated, and on Jan. 9, when the first block was mined.

However, previous research has shown that Satoshi Nakamoto‘s location at that time was not in Australia, as Wright’s was, but in California.

Old research puts Satoshi Nakamoto in California

Twitter user Bounty Hunter, who is widely thought to be the best authority on the matter, was the first one to pinpoint Satoshi Nakamoto’s exact location. In his 2016 blog post, the researcher revealed two IP addresses used to send and receive Bitcoins on Jan. 10, 2009.

As the only two people working on the project at that time were Hal Finney, Bitcoin’s earliest contributor, and Satoshi Nakamoto, it was relatively easy to determine which one of those belonged to Satoshi.

The IP address showed that, at the time, Satoshi was in Van Nuys, California. SeekingSatoshi, a well-known crypto researcher on Twitter, asserted that the address wasn’t associated with a VPN or a TOR exit node.

As the researcher pointed out, metadata from various versions of the Bitcoin Whitepaper has revealed the timezone in which Satoshi Nakamoto operated. Analysis of the times and frequency of his online activity revealed that he was living in the U.S., and could have been either a student or a teacher.

There is currently no evidence that suggests Wright traveled to the U.S. at the time when Satoshi was active online. However, none of this was apparently enough to convince his legion of fans, many of whom have commented on SeekingSatoshi’s thread disputing his findings.

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Priyeshu Garg

Priyeshu Garg

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Priyeshu is a software engineer who is passionate about machine learning and blockchain technology. He holds an engineering degree in computer science engineering and is a passionate economist. He built his first digital marketing startup when he was a teenager, and worked with multiple Fortune 500 companies along with smaller firms. When he is not solving transportation problems at his company (Ola), he can be found writing about the blockchain or roller skating with his friends.

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