An Australian professor, Craig Wright, who has done significant cybersecurity consulting work with governments worldwide, has publicly identified himself as Satoshi Nakamoto, the creator of Bitcoin, after being raided by Austrailian tax police.
Wright provided technical proof to back up his claim using coins known to be owned by Bitcoin's creator, the BBC reported .
During an interview with the BBC, Wright digitally signed messages using cryptographic keys created during the early days of Bitcoin's development.
“I have not done this because it is what I want,” Wright told the BBC. “I really do not want to be the public face of anything.”
Hours after Wright’s identity was revealed by Wired and the Gizmodo technology blog in December, police in Australia raided his home and office in Sydney, apparently as part of a tax investigation.
According to his website, Wright is currently undertaking a Master of Science and Finance at the University of London. He already holds two PhDs and eight Masters degrees, including a doctorate in theology.
He said he chose his pseudonym as an homage to Tominaga Nakamoto, a Japanese philosopher and trader in the 17th century.
Wright appears to have significant connections with the global government cybersecurity world. On his website he reports that he has trained governments in SCADA Security, Cyber Warfare and Cyber Defense.
Most curious, he was a vice-president at The Center for Strategic Cyberspace + Security Science.
According to its website, CSCSS is a bipartisan, multilateral, international nonprofit organization headquartered in London, United Kingdom. "It seeks to advance global cyberspace security and prosperity by providing strategic insights for cyberspace and policy solutions to decision makers."
Its "leadership team" includes:
- Thomas J. Verbeck, Brigadier General, USAF (ret) CTO and Vice President, Strategy and Business Development, NCR Government Systems United States,
- Gill Duvall, Chair, Cyber Information and Integrated Operations Department, National Defense University iCollege United States.
- Professor Dr Julian Lindley-French, UK Chief of Defence Staff, Europa Analytica, NATO Defense College Strategic Advisors Group, Atlantic Council of the United States Netherlands
- Dr. Steven P. Bucci, President and CEO, Facing the Threat Consulting and Senior Fellow for Defense and Homeland Security, The Heritage Foundation, United States
- Chuck Brooks, Vice President, Client Executive for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) United States
- Chris Mayer, Academy Professor of Philosophy, United States Military Academy, West Point, United States
- Andrew Turner, Global Cybersecurity VISA, United States