Investigator discovers Twitter profile believed to belong to Satoshi Nakamoto

This February 22, 2021, a Twitter user announced that he came across a series of tweets on the social network that links to a possible anonymous account of Satoshi Nakamoto, shortly before the launch of Bitcoin.

The researcher, who identifies himself as Varun_Mathur, presented his analysis on the discovery of the account @fafcffacfff, with the pseudonym GoldLover, and displays a wall of tweets which he described as interesting, and have aroused the interest of some tweeters.

As is known, the bitcoin whitepaper was published on October 31, 2008. The researcher draws attention to the tweet that was spread on the GoldLover account one day before publishing this document.

On October 30, 2008 @fafcffacfff tweeted the following: “However, we know that throughout history, no fiat currency has survived.” On this message, by way of reflection, Varun publishes this sentence:

Could it be a true coincidence that one day before the Bitcoin whitepaper was published? Someone was thinking of interrupting the issuance of fiat money as we know it.

In his narration, the investigator refers to an email that Satoshi sent on February 11, 2009, in which he assures, among other things, that “the history of fiat currencies is full of defaults.” The comment is part of a writing where Satoshi Nakamoto questions the operation of central banks and centralized money issuance. It is posted on Varun says the October 31 tweet contained similar language to that used in these subsequent emails.

He adds that the same Twitter account was the second to post a note about the availability of the Bitcoin code in January 2009. It did so after the programmer Hal Finney, known on Twitter with the account @halfin, in which he announced on 10 January 2009 that it was “running Bitcoin.” Importantly, Finney was the first person to receive bitcoins, specifically 10 BTC, on January 12, 2009.

In his messages, Varun recalls that, by that date, There were only two Bitcoin users: Satoshi and Hal Finney. He added that many curious people came across a tweet of January 29, 2009, which they dismissed as insignificant. It read: “From: Satoshi Nakamoto-2009-01-11 22:31 Bitcoin v0.1.2 is now available for d.”

Varun admits not having found the exact location of the account @fafcffacfff, which he describes as “extremely random and obfuscated.” However, he notes that no one seems to have noticed another tweet posted on the same day, in which GoldLover adds that “(Bitcoin) is completely decentralized, with no server or trusted parties.”

In his writing, the investigator assumes that Hal Finney is Satoshi Nakamoto. He thinks that, if he felt anonymous enough with this Twitter account, he seems to have been careless in maintaining this condition, as now he is linked to it by the fact of having mentioned Bitcoin. For this reason, he wonders, without finding an answer: “If Hal was Satoshi, why continue tweeting from this unknown account, which had hardly any followers?”

They question the veracity of the account

Varun left the thread open to comments from skeptics, and concluded his posts by saying that Sathoshi Nakamoto was very expressive, an assumption that was questioned by some tweeters considering that their writings on the Bitcoin Talk forum were few.

The researcher received more replies from the readers of the note he published on the Substack platform.

One of them expresses that Satoshi left the ecosystem after the conviction of Bernard von NotHaus, convicted of creating the Free Dollar (Liberty Dollar) proposal in the US. He assures that Satoshi’s anonymity was driven by the persecution of Liberty Dollar by the US federal authorities. Express that “this Twitter account is red herring or red herring” (with this expression it means that it is a fallacy).

One of the commenters sees the work as interesting, although he thinks the Twitter account was tracking content related to gold and therefore picked up Bitcoin stuff after the white paper was posted on a forum on the subject. “There was a lot of overlap between the gold bug (gold bull) communities and Bitcoin in those days,” he says. The same idea was put forward by Grin developer David Burkett on Twitter.

Other followers end by saying suspiciously: “I think that account is just a bot” (a robot), also doubting that the account is Satoshi Nakamoto’s.

Satoshi Nakamoto and the launch of Bitcoin

Satoshi Nakamoto is the creator of Bitcoin. Still it is unknown who or who are behind this alias. His profile information on the P2P Foundation contains all the little information that is known about him. According to what is supposed to be shared there and that does not necessarily have to be true, he is a man born on April 5, 1975 and originally or resident of Japan, at least for the date of the profile activity.

Several are those who have affirmed that Satoshi Nakamoto cannot be a single person. Josh Zerlan, CEO of the now-defunct mining manufacturer Buterfly Labs, stated in 2014 that Bitcoin could have been the invention of a group of experts related to the financial sector, probably from the European continent.

As CriptoNoticias reported, the first developers who were in contact with Satoshi to collaborate on Bitcoin also obtained little or no personal information, despite seeing him frequently. Or at least that’s what they claim.

At the time of writing this note, the price of Bitcoin is USD 48,896, with a volume traded in the last 24 hours of USD 114 billion and a market capitalization of more than USD 911 billion.