New Status Update from Long-Dormant Satoshi Account for P2P Posted, But What Does It Mean?
Satoshi Nakamoto is a name known throughout the cryptocurrency industry, but the man is much more elusive. Satoshi was used as a pseudonym for the creator of Bitcoin, who’s true identity is still unknown. He’s been mostly absent from the cryptocurrency industry, but it seems that an account connected to him could be active again.
An account on P2P Foundation, which was linked to Satoshi, made a one-word status update yesterday, simply saying “nour” in quotation marks. This account is assigned to [email protected], which is the same addresses that had uploaded the whitepaper for Bitcoin in 2009. However, in 2010, it seems that Satoshi pulled himself out of traceable activity online, which was a fairly abrupt move that came with no explanation. But that didn’t stop the account from being hacked in November 2014.
News media websites everywhere are trying to decipher what this mysterious message means. When searching through Google, the only suggestion of what “nour” means comes from urbandictionary.com. This website defines the word as “The most loving, affectionate and caring person you'll ever meet. Extremely smart, funny, and sensitive. A bit lost, still figuring out what she wants in life and how to reach it. Stubborn and not willing to take other people’s advice. When she smiles, she makes you forget all the problems you have, her hug will give you an assurance that you have never felt and will never do.” There are other translations of this word available. For instance, in Arabic, it translates to “light.” In Hebrew, the word means “fire.”
Along with the update, the account added a new friend from the website – user Wagner Tamanaha. The profile showed that Tamanaha is located in São Paulo, Brazil, and they wrote a post to talk about the new connection. Translated from Portuguese, their update says,
““Looks like Satoshi's reappeared and I'm being investigated :-)”
Pages on Tamanaha’s Facebook shows that he is prominent in the blockchain and crypto community, and he has a BlogSpot profile that recently posted about the “blockchain revolution.”
Clearly, the community has had a lot to say about this. Reddit is filled with comments that vary from this being a clear post from Satoshi himself to individuals claiming that the account was hacked. However, there’s no leads on what the post could mean, or how it could impact the rest of the community.
Craig Wright has proclaimed that his name is Nakamoto in the crypto word, and he’s been tied in with the hard fork that Bitcoin Cash recently had this month. Some social media users are connecting the status update with a Twitter post from Wright that paid homage to the “light” reference, saying,
“Some seek a world of shadows… We seek a universe of light.”
However, many individuals have already shut it down, considering how it came after the post and not before.
Another reported connection is that of Jeff Garzik. Garzik is reported to be the “third biggest contributor” to the Bitcoin code and is allegedly one of the key collaborators that worked with Nakamoto. However, he’s recently voiced his “personal theory” that Dave Kleiman, a coder from Florida, is the true identity of Satoshi.
Even as the entire crypto community tries to figure out the meaning of this status update, their ability to do so doesn’t seem promising. After all, this is the same individual that has managed to keep their identity hidden for a decade. He probably knows a bit about keeping a low-profile.