On Thursday, November 29, decades due to the fact their past submit on P2P Foundation—a system for those intrigued in peer-to-peer technology—“Satoshi Nakamoto” posted a single, mysterious word. Leaving the crypto world-wide-web baffled, the account proffered a smaller, maybe insignificant crumb in the trail major to Satoshi’s accurate identification: “nour” (quotation marks by the poster).
The account that posted “nour” is connected to the exact email handle, [email protected], that uploaded the bitcoin white paper in 2009. Nonetheless, that e mail handle and corresponding P2P account hasn’t traditionally been so safe. In September 2014, a hacker who went by the name “Jeffrey” gained entry to the e mail, telling Wired, of Satoshi, “The fool utilised a main gmx under his comprehensive name and had aliases established up beneath it. He’s also alive.” Jeffrey also threatened to spill Satoshi’s “secrets,” proclaiming to have e-mail messages from bitcoin’s creator dating again to 2011. (The hacker did not present any proof of these claims, and was ultimately concluded to most possible be a troll.)
The account left one other “clue”—a buddy ask for for someone with the P2P Basis username Wagner Tamanaha. In his profile on the system, Tamanaha identifies as a male from Sao Paulo, Brazil. He writes that he’s “Brazilian with Japanese ancestry, doing work with promotion in social media and a blockchain certification and cryptocurrency fanatic.” He’s a member of a nearby node referred to as FairCoop in Sao Paulo and makes comics on Steemit that star a a few-legged cat with a bitcoin head. He also not long ago updated his P2P Basis profile to involve that he was “recently additional in Satoshi Nakamoto’s close friends listing in this article.”
Let’s unpack, initially the “nour” put up, then the Tamanaha “friendship.”
“Nour” has a few achievable translations. In Arabic, it interprets to “the light” (so does Nur, Noor, and Nor). As a identify, in accordance to City Dictionary, it denotes “the most loving, affectionate, and caring person you are going to at any time fulfill.” Satoshi in a nutshell? A nod to the light-weight at the conclude of the tunnel that is bitcoin’s minimal, existing value?
1 intelligent Redditor broke down “nour” into a few, separate words and phrases: “No u r,” which a person else on Reddit took to suggest, “We are all Satoshi Nakamoto.” The “No u r” put up has attained a Reddit Gold Award (just underneath it, a post predicting an imminent $1 million BTC shift triggering “chaos and drama” received a Silver Award).
Names of the common suspects naturally arrived up. Craig Wright did it, Nick Szabo, Dave Kleiman, maybe Jeff Garzik. Of all of them, Wright (as for every common?) has the strongest scenario. Shortly soon after the “nour” submit, Wright took to Twitter to write, “Some seek out a globe of shadows…We find a universe of light-weight.”