One of the great cryptocurrency-related mysteries is the identity of Satoshi Nakamoto, the pseudonym of the person or group that created Bitcoin and that prefers to hide its true identity. However, Linux creator Linus Torvalds claimed to be the famous Nakamoto.
The discoverer of the message that could solve this riddle was the news site BeInCrypto. There, one user argued that “Linux creator Linus Torvalds seems to be claiming that he is Satoshi Nakamoto.”
Linus Torvalds apparently modified a code in a fundamental kernel of the free operating system that drives all software, thus “revealing” that he is Satoshi Nakamoto. Through this substantial change to the kernel, composed of a single line, the ingenious Torvalds added the phrase “Name: I am Satoshi.” Bitcoin supporters, however, believe this to be untrue.
And while there is no confirmation that the father of Linux has any connection to the creation of Bitcoin, many factors indicate that he at least possesses the necessary skills to be a candidate for Satoshi Nakamoto, including experience with blockchain technology, which existed before cryptocurrency and the ability to use open source software.
The issue is also undermined by previous statements by Torvalds himself, who has repeatedly denied being the notorious Satoshi. While for a group of believers, it is a confession of authorship, there are many who consider it to be a joke on behalf of the father of Linux.
The crypto community will only recognise as the chosen one the one who unlocks one of Satoshi’s virtual wallets, a wallet that holds 150 Bitcoin (almost 6 million dollars at the exchange rate) and that hasn’t been used since the cryptocurrency was created.
Some investigations, such as the one conducted by Newsweek, point to Satoshi Nakamoto, a 64-year-old Japanese man, as the true creator. However, he himself has denied it.
These statements fuel further speculation as to whether it is in fact one person or a group of people who were responsible for developing this innovative technology.