Satoshi Nakamoto is still a mystery. Nobody knows the identity of the pseudonymous billionaire creator of bitcoin.
But the Ethereum cofounder Vitalik Buterin is pretty sure it’s not Craig Wright, the Australian who claimed to be Nakamoto in 2016.
“Given that he makes so many non sequiturs and mistakes, why is this fraud allowed to speak at this conference?” Buterin asked organizers at the Deconomy conference in South Korea on Tuesday. Audience members applauded him.
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The confrontation happened during a question-and-answer session after a panel called “Bitcoin, Controversy over Principle” featuring Roger Ver and Samson Mow; Wright gave a talk just before the panel, Mow told Business Insider.
The discussion centered on bitcoin cash, a controversial bitcoin derivative backed by some of the panelists.
Buterin also live-tweeted the panel, mostly with extremely technical critiques of the discussion.
It might be difficult for non-technical people to follow Buterin’s arguments, but his conclusion is clear.
Vitalik “Not giving away ETH” Buterin
61. Samson did then attack bitcoin cash’ers for calling it bitcoin cash. That seems unfair; we for example have no issue with Ethereum Classic.
But the evidence in Wright’s blog post made little sense on a technical, cryptographic level. Cryptography experts said at the time that it was nearly nonsensical.
There are many ways that the creator of bitcoin could prove their identity, but Wright’s evidence contained none of it and was needlessly complicated. Wright eventually took down the post.
Still, Wright has used the fame to start a cryptocurrency-related company and has vocally backed bitcoin cash.
It shouldn’t be surprising that some in the cryptocurrency world — especially Buterin, who is respected as the technical vision behind Ethereum, the blockchain that powers cryptocurrencies like ether — still think he’s a fraud.
Wright fired back at Buterin in a tweet on Tuesday morning without tagging him.