This certainly isn't the first time a publication has purported to know the true identity of the mythical Satoshi Nakamoto. Earlier this week, Wired claimed to determine his identity to be Craig Steven Wright, an Australian former academic, saying "either invented bitcoin or is a brilliant hoaxer who very badly wants us to believe he did." Wired's evidence for naming Wright includes 2008 blog posts discussing bitcoin, emails, and accounting forms that try to corroborate the link.
While the true identity of Satoshi Nakamoto has occupied some bitcoin fans, others such as Gregory Maxwell said knowing who started the currency doesn’t matter. Maxwell, an early contributor to bitcoin protocol on software collaboration site GitHub, has doubts about some of the evidence cited by the publications in naming Wright. “I’ve reviewed some of the evidence being used, and much of it is clearly fabricated,” Maxwell, who is also chief technology officer at cryptocurrency innovation firm Blockstream, said by e-mail. “It is unlikely that the evidence which cannot yet be shown to be true or false has merit.”