Linguistics students at Aston University in Birmingham, England believe they have uncovered the identity of Satoshi Nakamoto – the pseudonym of the person who authored the original Bitcoin spec paper.
The students compared the language in the paper with the writing of 13 people who have been singled out as suspects over the past several years. The individuals investigated were named as possible authors because of their previous work in cryptocurrencies and their experience in law, finance, cryptography and computer science.
According to the students’ research, “Nakamoto” is actually former George Washington University law professor and blogger Nick Szabo, and not Dorian Prentice Satoshi Nakamoto, the man Newsweek claimed to be Bitcoin’s inventor. Nakamoto has
being involved with Bitcoin.
Jack Grieve, lecturer in forensic linguistics at Aston, said that the number of similarities between Szabo’s writing and the Bitcoin paper author’s is “uncanny,” and none of the other potential authors came close to matching it. “We are pretty confident that out of the primary suspects Nick Szabo is the main author of the paper, though we can’t rule out the possibility that others contributed,” he said.
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