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Craig Wright files copyright claim for Bitcoin white paper (decryptmedia.com)
21 points by malshe 4 months ago | hide | past | web | favorite | 12 comments

I think his response to questions at Oxford University is all the proof you need. https://decryptmedia.com/6834/craig-wright-faces-scrutiny-at...

Yeah that's not a good look / looks like a conman type response. A legit person I don't think goes full "Trumpian" in response there.

What’s the consensus on HN? Is this guy just a chancer or is he really Satoshi?

Grifting conman.

A walk down memory lane on one of his previous attempts to demonstrate he was Satoshi:


The one positive thing I can say about Bitcoin is that it gives someone who is factually Satoshi an extremely easy way to prove that fact in a way which is extremely difficult for anyone else in the world to forge. Wright hasn’t because he can’t because he isn’t.

Tangent: that link shows exactly what's wrong with the current state of public-key cryptography: there are too many ways to get it wrong, and no broadly used standard tooling that's foolproof enough for the average person to be confident that they did it right.

This is the problem that Keybase is trying to solve, though I don't have enough experience with their system to know how well they succeeded.

> an extremely easy way to prove that fact

What is that way?

I read your link but my layman's brain couldn't parse it... well enough to understand it.

Satoshi is known to have mined the first several blocks for Bitcoin. Each of those blocks has a coinbase address where the miner fee was deposited; each address encodes a public key.

Write a message like “I am Satoshi. Here’s a boring detail which proves this message was created on demand.”, sign with corresponding private key, post the ~10 lines of OpenSSL commands which verify that the signature matches. The end.

Thanks, that makes a lot of sense.

If he is Satoshi he could sign a message with the private half of a key known to have been used in the past by him.

Details of public/private keys, hashes, etc are important, but at the core the idea is simple.

There's a large number of early coins that are publicly known to belong to Satoshi, all he'd have to do is move a few of them around.

Thanks, have they EVER moved?

If he wanted to prove that he was Satoshi, couldn't he just move some of the BTC out of one of Satoshi's wallets? That would be proof enough for me.

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