Police raid alleged bitcoin founder home and office: Reports

The Australian Federal Police has raided the home and office of suspected bitcoin founder Craig Wright in Sydney as part of an Australian Taxation Office investigation.

Suspected bitcoin founder Craig Wright's home and office were allegedly raided by the Australian Federal Police on Wednesday afternoon.

Reuters reported a home located in Sydney, New South Wales, and offices, which allegedly belong to Wright, were raided by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) in relation to an Australian Taxation Office (ATO) investigation.

When ZDNet contacted the ATO, an ATO spokesperson said it was not going to make any comments about existing tax payers.

The AFP had informed Reuters that all officers' "presence at Mr Wright's property is not associated with the media reporting overnight about bitcoins", and rather what they were doing there was just "clearing the house".

While it has not been confirmed, Wright is allegedly involved in the creation of the bitcoin cryptocurrency. Based on leaked transcripts of legal interviews and files, Gizmodo and Wired have highlighted that there is evidence to suggest Wright, along with computer forensics analyst David Kleinman, who died in April 2013, are the men behind Satoshi Nakamoto, the creator of bitcoin that has never been identified.

Based on Wright's LinkedIn profile, he is involved in a number of Australian tech enterprises including holding the role of CEO at DeMorgan, a "pre-IPO Australian-listed company focused on alternative currency" that controls companies such as C01N, an electronic wallet and transaction processor based on the bitcoin blockchain.

Wired claimed in its report that it obtained "the strongest evidence" yet that shows Wright is the man behind the identity of Satoshi Nakamoto. However, it also cited the leaked documents it acquired remain unverified, and quite possibly fake or an "elaborate hoax -- perhaps orchestrated by Wright himself", with some evidence altered after the fact.

"Despite a massive trove of evidence, we still can't say with absolute certainty that the mystery is solved. But two possibilities outweigh all others: Either Wright invented bitcoin, or he's a brilliant hoaxer who very badly wants us to believe he did," Wired wrote.

Meanwhile, Gizmodo obtained a transcript in which Wright tells the ATO that he has been "running bitcoin since 2009".

However, the claims made by Gizmodo and Wired of whether Wright is the creator of bitcoin are true or not continues to be questioned by the bitcoin community.