An Australian man who claims to have invented bitcoin just got sued for $10B
Craig Wright, the self-proclaimed inventor of bitcoin, is being sued for more than $10B by the family of his ex-bitcoin mining business partner, Dave Kleiman.
The lawsuit alleges that Wright “perpetrated a scheme” to seize between 300k and 1.1m remaining coins from Kleiman, who died in 2013.
According to the lawsuit, it’s “undeniable” that Wright was involved in bitcoin since the beginning. But it remains unclear whether Wright created bitcoin — a claim that, if true, confirms the identity of the ever-elusive Satoshi Nakamoto.
“Einhorn is Finkle, Finkle is Einhorn!”
One of the biggest mysteries in the tech world is the identity of the shadowy programmer who invented bitcoin — a faceless figure who goes by the moniker Satoshi Nakamoto (we just like saying it).
In 2008, Nakamoto posted a white paper mentioning the currency for the first time, calling it a “peer-to-peer electronic cash system.”
Cut to today, and experts believe the mythical character, who reportedly owns 5% of all bitcoin, is now worth over $5B.
So, who is Satoshi Nakamoto?
In 2015, Australian tax authorities investigated Wright’s involvement with the currency, causing many to speculate that Wright was the rightful creator of bitcoin. Wright eventually “confirmed” the claim himself.
But experts didn’t buy his “technical proof” and deemed his claims a “scam.” The Australian computer scientist then retreated, stating he didn’t “have the courage” to continue his claims.
We still don’t know who Nakamoto is, but we have a pretty good feeling it isn’t Craig Wright… or do we?… Yeah, we do.