Every time someone interacts with one of the first Bitcoin transactions, there is speculation that Satoshi Nakamoto may have returned to public life. However, all attempts to prove that the Bitcoin creator transferred funds or signed some previous transaction with the old private key failed. A new attempt to trick the community into believing that Nakamoto is back involves the private key of the first Bitcoin transaction, when Hal Finney received 10 BTC from Nakamoto himself.
Inside first bitcoin transaction, a cryptographic signature was used to attach the message. It claims that Paul Le Roux is Satoshi Nakamoto. Inside a diary Martino Shkreli, this fact was published and the debate started because transactions can only be signed by private key holders related to the ownership of that secret key.
It’s worth clarifying for context Paul LeRoux He is a computer programmer and a prisoner who has admitted his involvement in illegal arms shipments to Iran, the sale of pills to North Korea and the killing of several people. He is currently an informant for the DEA, avoiding multiple murder charges.
It has been in the past linked to Le Roux with Satoshi Nakamoto. His arrest in 2012 temporarily coincides with the message attributed to Nakamoto in the original Bitcoin repository. However, he did not necessarily write that alleged message bitcoin creator. In fact, last message Nakamoto is attributed to 2010.
In addition to this proof, the community of Bitcoin developers and users began to argue about arguments that show that the claim that Le Roux is Satoshi Nakamoto based on the signature of that first Bitcoin transaction is a lie.
Who signed the first Bitcoin transaction after Hal Finney’s death?
The first thing to say is this Satoshi Nakamoto could not use Hal Finney’s private key (if we agree that they are not the same person, another hypothesis to deal with). A private key is a secret key that allows you to receive bitcoin (BTC) and spend it. In this case, it is the secret information that the recipient of that first transaction had. Not from whoever sent them.
Gregory Maxwell, creator of Bitcoin, plot “This kind of signature didn’t exist until Hal was out of business, so it was probably created by someone who received Hal’s private keys after his death.”
The signature you posted is not compatible with the Bitcoin blockchain, this is a new type of signature we introduced specifically for signing messages, first released in Bitcoin 0.5.0 in 2011. November 1 However, its format is as follows. an electrum style that wasn’t even offered until 2013. mid: (…) I’m not sure when it was first implemented. When a “sign message” was created. [la firma de mensaje] until 2011 By the end of the year, Hal was completely disabled and could only use the computer with the help of another person, and it wasn’t until many years later that it became widely used. Other commenters have pointed out that this address was active in 2017, so that clearly explains it: the message was not signed by Hal, but by whoever is now using his keys.
Gregory Maxwell, creator of Bitcoin.
In 2017, the private key received by the company was used for the last time. first bitcoin transaction in that direction. Hal Finneythe first person to control a Bitcoin node after Satoshi Nakamoto died in 2014.
Rapists attacked his family [de Finney] In the past, and as I understand it, they sold some of Halo’s bitcoins to pay for its security. Maybe they did it by simply selling the keys (or the whole wallet); would be a convenient way to do it without having to figure out how to use it. They’re also regularly abused for allegations that Hal was really Satoshi, so I can’t imagine they’re trying to mislead people. Scammer Craig Wright has shown that people will believe almost any claim about Satoshi, especially if it is presented with enough technical obfuscation.
Gregory Maxwell, creator of Bitcoin.
Matt Corallo, another Bitcoin developer, matches: “Bitcoin signature messages did not exist at the time. Regardless of whether it was sold or not, the message was clearly signed by someone after Hal died (or when he was no longer able to directly use the computer).
Unable to determine who could sign the transaction with a private key that once belonged to Hal Finney. But we can see that whoever did it couldn’t even spell Paul Le Roux’s name correctly.
Anyway, it’s hard to prove whether Hal Finney’s family, who the programmer says was well-educated on how to use Bitcoin, sold or stole those private keys.