Mysterious New Website ‘Got Satoshi’ is Counting Down to Reveal Nakamoto’s Identity
A mysterious website called GotSatoshi.com has appeared online. The website features a countdown timer counting down to May 14, 2019, which is the date on which Satoshi Nakamoto’s identity will be revealed.
The website features limited other information. There’s a #gotsatoshi hashtag and an email submission form. Anyone who submits their email will receive a link to the live unveiling on May 14.
There are also links to social media pages. The creator of the website has launched a Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram page under the ‘Got Satoshi’ brand.
So far, the social media profiles have been filled with a few random hints about Satoshi and the GotSatoshi brand. However, the creator of the Got Satoshi brand seems to be claiming that they’re not just going to reveal Satoshi: they actually are Satoshi. Here’s one recent tweet:
“Never imagined there would be so much interest in who I am. Can't the idea speak for itself? Quoth the poet “Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward: they may be beaten, but they may start a winning game” But if you insist on knowing – http://gotsatoshi.com”
The only other clue is the user’s Twitter profile, which states:
“Inventor, developer, futurist. #Crypto enthusiast and #blockchain evangelist. Not Craig Wright. May know @officialmcafee. Unmask me if you can. #gotsatoshi
Never imagined there would be so much interest in who I am. Can't the idea speak for itself? Quoth the poet "Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward: they may be beaten, but they may start a winning game" But if you insist on knowing – https://t.co/lyYHmE79Mx pic.twitter.com/T14mRnfK0u
— gotsatoshi (@gotsatoshi) May 2, 2019
It’s Either a Marketing Ploy or a Scam
As far as we can tell, there’s nothing legitimate behind the Got Satoshi brand or GotSatoshi.com.
There has been no new information released or revealed about Satoshi in recent months. We know Craig Wright submitted a provably fake email in his ongoing lawsuit with the family of Dave Kleiman, and it seems less and less likely that Craig Wright is Satoshi Nakamoto. Other than that, there’s been no news.
Most of the community has laughed away the claims of the Got Satoshi brand.
Some people claim it’s a clever marketing ploy for Consensus or another major blockchain event. Did CoinDesk launch the Got Satoshi brand to promote its own Consensus event? It’s certainly possible.
It’s also possible that Got Satoshi is linked to John McAfee, who has desperately tried to make headlines in recent months by claiming he knows the identity of Satoshi Nakamoto.
There’s no indication that John McAfee knows anything about Satoshi Nakamoto that we don’t know. As far as we can tell, he’s just doing it for attention.
It’s possible that Got Satoshi is John McAfee’s latest ploy for attention. The Twitter profile claims that the person running Got Satoshi ‘may know John McAfee’. McAfee, meanwhile, claims that Satoshi is “100%” not Craig Wright.
Enough is enough! There at least a dozen crypto adherents who know the true identity of Satoshi. I can assure you, 100%, it is NOT Craig Wright. This absurd claim of Craig's is incomprehensible. Mr wright: Have you no shame? Seriously sir! Have you no shame?
— John McAfee (@officialmcafee) April 16, 2019
What If It’s Real?
Of course, there’s also a chance that the Got Satoshi website is real, and that Satoshi Nakamoto has decided to publicly reveal himself after a decade of successful anonymity.
If so, it would disrupt everything we’ve learned about Satoshi to date. He didn’t create bitcoin for the fame or the wealth. Satoshi’s original mined bitcoins have never been moved, and he has never publicly revealed himself.
So why would he create Got Satoshi? Why would he reveal himself to John McAfee? How did John McAfee – of all people – discover Satoshi instead of the thousands of experts who have been pursuing Satoshi for the past decade? That’s why it seems unlikely GotSatoshi.com is real.
This is Most Likely a John McAfee Marketing Ploy
Ultimately, our analysis leads us to believe that this is a John McAfee marketing ploy.
There’s no apparent connection between John McAfee and Satoshi Nakamoto. However, McAfee desperately wants you to think there’s a connection. McAfee has also published similar work to Got Satoshi in recent weeks, saying things like:
“I protected the identity of Satoshi. It’s time, though, that this be put to bed. Imposters claim to be him, we are spending time and energy in search of him – It’s a waste. Every day I will narrow down the identity of Satoshi until he reveals himself, or I reveal him.”
McAfee also attempted to generate attention by tweeting a ‘warning letter’ from his ‘real attorney’. That letter warned McAfee against outing Satoshi Nakamoto:
“Re: Satoshi Nakamoto…Further to our conversation with respect to the above captioned, based on what you have said to me and the more than likely extradition process and application, I must strongly advise against you revealing the true identity of the above captioned…we do not believe that this revelation would be in your best interest and as your Counsel we strongly advise against the same.”
Trolls claim that the letter from my attorney regarding releasing the identity if Satoshi is bogus. I've never heard such idiocy. The letter includes phone numbers and addresses of 5 of his firm's offices and he is one if the premiere lawyers in the Bahamas. Get real people! pic.twitter.com/qB65vSmSWn
— John McAfee (@officialmcafee) April 25, 2019
Ultimately, we still don’t know who Satoshi Nakamoto is. It seems certain, however, that GotSatoshi.com will not reveal the identity of Satoshi on May 14.