Cryptocurrency is a complicated community. Though the entirety of the community is obviously supportive of the crypto industry, there’s major sides established between different coins and projects.
Craig S. Wright, who has said he is the true Satoshi Nakamoto, has recently offered up a bounty worth $5,000 in BSV to anyone that can give him information about the identity of Hodlonaut. Hodlonaut is part of a massive Twitter campaign that is looking to debunk his claims of being Satoshi, but it is becoming something much bigger now.
The attorneys for Wright have stated specifically that Wright has not “claimed to be” the Bitcoin creator, but that “he is Satoshi Nakamoto.”
Though bounties are usually a big enough motivator for most crypto users to dive a little deeper, that is not what the bitcoin community is doing at all. Shortly after the publication of a Coingeek article that described Wright’s goal of finding Hodlonaut, it looks like the Norwegian bitcoiner delated his account.
This move was most likely an attempt to remain hidden and avoid harassment, but influential proponents of Bitcoin have adopted the moniker instead, changing their display names to Hodlonaut or some variation of the name.
Their actions make it increasingly hard for anyone considering the bounty to find the true Hodlonaut, but it also is a sign to Wright that the community is holding on tight to privacy, as Crypto Insider points out.
He's used his website and Twitter audience to financially encourage doxxing the guy.
— StopAndHodlonaut (@StopAndDecrypt) April 11, 2019
The same article discusses that Wright aims to get a public apology from the ringleader, along with an official statement to be filed in court that will retract the claims that he is committed fraud.
So far, it does not look like that will happen, but Wright is not standing down from his search, since the retraction would basically validate him legally as Satoshi. Coingeek has also posted images of tattoos that allegedly belong to Hodlonaut to try and show identifying physical features.
The article explains that they believe that Hodlonaut’s support of the Lightning Network is an indication that he wanted to “discredit” the support that Wright has for BSV. Furthermore, attorneys have already served legal papers to Hodlonaut last month.
The Crypto Insider article points out that the only changes so far have been harassment and the addition of a bounty. While public defamation would concern civil law, interfering with “privacy, family, home or correspondence” would impede on human rights, as written in both Article 12 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Article 17 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
Hodlonaut is at risk if his true identity is revealed. Though the bounty is such a small part of this situation, releasing this information has the power to threaten his physical safety, and that is only the beginning of the trouble.
Crypto Insider alleges that anyone involved with Wright or Coingeek in the matter would have contacted Twitter through their attorneys privately, if they truly wanted to perform their investigation safely.
In order to protect the identity of Hodlonaut, Crypto Insider’s editor chose to even remove an interview with the individual as a:
“way of protected his fundamental rights in the face of a ruthless bully.”