Australian entrepreneur Craig Wright claims he invented Bitcoin

After years of mystery, the alleged Bitcoin inventor has come forward. Craig Wright claims he is the creator of Bitcoin, also known as "Satoshi Nakamoto."
Written by Jake Smith, Contributor

Craig Wright claims he is the founder of Bitcoin in an interview with the BBC released on Monday.

Australian entrepreneur Craig Wright claims he created the crypto-currency Bitcoin, after years of speculation around who was the anonymous inventor.

Wright made the claims to the BBC, Economist, and GQ. Core members of the Bitcoin development team and community are said to have also confirmed his identity.

The founder of Bitcoin has been attached to the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto, but no one has come from the shadows to claim the identity -- until now.

During a meeting with the publications, Wright digitally signed messages using cryptographic keys from the early days of Bitcoin. Wright posted a detailed explanation on his blog.

"These are the blocks used to send 10 bitcoins to Hal Finney in January [2009] as the first bitcoin transaction," Wright told the publications during his demonstration.

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Wright has been in the Bitcoin-founder rumor mill for years. It's worth noting that in December, high performance computing firm SGI denied any involvement with Cloudcroft Supercomputers Australia, a supercomputer firm that was founded by suspected bitcoin founder Craig Wright under his parent company DeMorgan.

"By creating a world-class forum, we believe we can remove the fear surrounding bitcoin and the blockchain, and help unlock the remarkable potential of both," Wright explains on his website that dispels Bitcoin rumors.

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