The Latest Victim Of Cyber Identity Theft Is The Creator Of Bitcoin

When it comes to cyber identity protection, few can beat Satoshi Nakamoto. The creator of Bitcoin is believed to be a master of cryptography and took extreme lengths to conceal information that can reveal his identity. As a result, five years after he created the digital currency, little is known about the mysterious figure aside from the Bitcoin white paper, a few correspondence emails, his famous yet generic Japanese name, which many believe is a pseudonym. After Bitcoin attracted much public attention, Mr. Nakamoto chose to be silent and irresponsive to calls from the community for him to stand out. The last time he made a public comment was when he denied that he was Dorian Nakamoto, a theory posited by a Newsweek article published in March.

Now it looks that Nakamoto-san has lost his password to his email account.

According to “Theymos”, an administrator on Bitcointalk.org, a popular Bitcoin forum, who posted yesterday:

Today I received an email from satoshin@gmx.com (Satoshi’s old email address), the contents of which make me almost certain that the email account is compromised. The email was not spoofed in any way. It seems very likely that either Satoshi’s email account in particular or gmx.com in general was compromised, and the email account is now under the control of someone else. Perhaps satoshin@gmx.com expired and then someone else registered it.

Don’t trust any email sent from satoshin@gmx.com unless it is signed by Satoshi. (Everyone should have done this even without my warning, of course.)

I wonder when the email was compromised, and whether it could have been used to make the post on p2pfoundation.ning.com. (Edit: I was referring here to the Dorian Nakamoto post. After I posted this, there was another p2pfoundation.ning.com post.)

Naturally, everyone is interested in what the Bitcoin creator has to say and what he said is bound to raise some eyebrows.

Michael, send me some coins before I hitman you.

Commenters tend to believe that the account has been compromised and it looks like that Ning.com, a social media site where Satoshi has an account through which he made the last comment – whether it was himself remains unverifiable, was also compromised. The latest post appears to be an Bitcoin wallet:

Tip Jar: 19pta6x1hXzV9F5hHnhMARYbRjuxF6xbbV

Although there is no way to verify, the theory that currently making the rounds on the Bitcoin forums is that Nakamoto’s email may have lapsed and a squatter took control of it and accessed his Ning.com account as well. Meanwhile, there are increasing evidence suggesting that account was hacked.

Update:
Wired apparently got in touch with the hacker. The magazine reported that the hacker wrote to it identifying himself as “Jeffrey” and claimed that he had also obtained information on Nakamoto that could be used to unmask his identity. Jeffrey didn’t tell us much, but when we asked him how he managed to take control over the satoshin@gmx.com email address that Nakamoto had used for some of his correspondence, he wrote: “The fool used a primary gmx under his full name and had aliases set up underneath it. He’s also alive.”

Article source: http://www.forbes.com/sites/ericxlmu/2014/09/08/the-latest-victim-of-cyber-identity-theft-is-the-creator-of-bitcoin/

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