Mysterious @Satoshi Twitter Account Sends Cryptic Tweets In Middle Of BCH Hashwar
Mysterious @Satoshi Twitter Account Sends Out Cryptic Tweets In Middle Of BCH Hashwar
The @Satoshi Twitter account became active today after a week of inactivity, tweeting cryptic information regarding the ongoing Bitcoin Cash hashwar.
On November 16, the @Satoshi Twitter handle tweeted a link to the following bitcoin transaction:
That transaction, sent today, appears to show coins that were originally mined as part of the ninth block reward on the bitcoin network. The ninth block reward was won the same day the bitcoin network was launched: January 4, 2009.
Block nine plays an important role in bitcoin history. Hal Finney, the first person to receive a bitcoin transaction, received a portion of block nine’s block reward in the world’s first bitcoin transaction, which occurred in block 170. You can view that transaction here.
The signature appears to be a valid signature for Satoshi’s key in block nine. However, that may not be as important as you think. Here’s how one Redditor explained it:
“Whatever they @Satoshi posted appears to be a valid signature for Satoshi’s key in block 9, but it’s absolutely meaningless unless they reveal the actual preimage for the message hash.”
“Anyone can mutate a hash for a valid ecdsa signature to produce a seemingly “new” signature/message (my friend and I had some fun creating fake satoshi signatures a few years back).”
That Redditor added that this latest signature “looks like another failed attempt from Craig Wright”.
In other words, the signature appears to be a legitimate signature connected to Satoshi’s block reward in block nine. However, it’s not significant without the actual preimage for the message hash – something that has not yet been revealed. Until that message is revealed, there’s no proof that this is a legitimate signature by someone in control of Satoshi’s private keys.
@Satoshi Tweets “I Do Not Want To Be Public”
The @Satoshi Twitter handle, by the way, only started tweeting in May 2018. Many of the account’s tweets have been liked or retweeted by Craig Wright from his personal handle.
Some in the crypto community accuse Craig Wright of purchasing the Twitter handle for his own agenda. They claim Craig is impersonating Satoshi, and that the Twitter handle is yet another example of how Craig has operated in the past.
After tweeting that supposed Satoshi signature earlier today, the account posted another tweet explaining that @Satoshi does not want to be public:
“I do not want to be public, but there is an issue with SegWit. If it is not fixed, there will be nothing and I would have failed. There is only one way that Bitcoin survives and it is important to me that it works. Important enough, that I may be known openly.”
“The Message Will Be Clear” In One Year
The @Satoshi account finished up its daily tweetstorm with a cryptic warning:
“The message will be clear in Dec 2019.”
Some assume this means that Craig Wright is launching his own cryptocurrency in “Satoshi’s Vision” a year from now. If Bitcoin SV fails and Bitcoin ABC captures the BCH handle, then Craig Wright may attempt a different project.
Who’s Really Behind @Satoshi?
Ultimately, it’s not totally clear who’s behind the @Satoshi handle. The most likely explanation, however, seems to be that Craig Wright controls the Twitter handle.
Overall, @Satoshi’s tweets from earlier today have been greeted with ridicule from across the community.
“Guess Faketoshi bought himself a Twitter handle,” writes Alan Silbert. “Do people really fall for this garbage? This is pretty bush league stuff.”
“Oh, hi Craig #facepalm,” tweeted Alistair Milne in response to one @Satoshi tweet.
“Hey look another fraud. Add it to the list. Again, Satoshi is dead and gone. Move on Bitcoin,” added Charles Hoskinson to pile on top.
Everyone seems to be assuming that @Satoshi is Craig Wright’s other Twitter account – and they may be right. We see no evidence to believe otherwise.
To date, nobody has provided proof of being Satoshi Nakamoto, and nobody has moved Satoshi’s block rewards since they were earned. The moment those coins move will be a big day in the crypto community. Until that happens, however, we’re left speculating who Satoshi may be – and how Craig Wright fits into all of it (if at all).
We may have to wait until December 2019 to learn more – at least according to @Satoshi.