Satoshi Nakamoto’s P2P Foundation Profile Becomes Active for the First Time Since 2009 “Nour”
The P2P Foundation profile for bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto mysteriously became active earlier today, sparking a wave of discussion across the crypto community.
Satoshi Nakamoto’s profile on P2P Foundation was last active on February 18, 2009.
Suddenly, on November 29, 2018, that account became active once again. The account befriended a user named Wagner Tamanaha and then posted a single word as a status update. That word was “nour”.
In the 24 hours since posting the update, the Satoshi profile has not posted any further updates.
The Satoshi Nakamoto profile on P2P Foundation is tied to Satoshi’s original email address, [email protected] That’s the email address Satoshi famously used to upload one of the early bitcoin papers to the P2P Foundation website back in 2009.
In other words, the profile legitimately belonged to Satoshi at one point in time – or at least it appeared to belong to Satoshi.
Unfortunately, that email address appears to have been compromised in November 2014, which makes it unlikely the November 29 posts have anything to do with Satoshi.
Despite the hack, there are some intriguing things about Satoshi’s P2P Foundation activity from November 29, including further clues behind the identity of Satoshi.
What Does “Nour” Mean?
It’s unclear what Satoshi – or the hacker – means by stating “nour”. A quick Google search for the term reveals the following entry on Urban Dictionary:
“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 peoples 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.”
Remember in junior high when you would upload Urban Dictionary entries for your friends’ names? That appears to be what the word “Nour” is referencing.
Nour is also a Lebanese actress with the full name Marian Farid Abi Habib. There’s also a Canadian handcrafted paintbrush manufacturer named Nour.
As you can see, none of these entries have any apparent connection to crypto.
Satoshi Befriends a Brazilian Developer Named Wagner Tamanaha
Satoshi’s P2P Foundation profile did two things yesterday: it posted the status update “nour” and it befriended a man named Wagner Tamanaha.
Tamanaha is a Sao Paulo, Brazil-based developer with no major public presence in the crypto community.
However, Tamanaha has become part of Satoshi lore overnight.
One of the most notable things about Tamanaha is that he appears to be Japanese-Brazilian. He also appears to be around 50 years old. As spotted by TrustNodes, Tamanaha’s LinkedIn page shows that he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Advertising and Social Communication in 1986, which would make him about 50 years old.
His LinkedIn page also shows connections to early internet technology dating back to the early 1990s.
Although Tamanaha’s location is listed as Sao Paulo, he now lives in the United States. Most of his social media posts are written in Portuguese.
Is Wagner Tamanaha the Real Satoshi Nakamoto?
Anytime a person of Japanese heritage is linked to Satoshi lore, it will set off a firestorm of attention across the crypto community.
So is Wagner Tamanaha the real Satoshi Nakamoto? Why did Satoshi suddenly befriend a Japanese-Brazilian developer?
Wagner has publicly addressed the issue on his official Twitter (@wtamanaha).
“Looks like Satoshi’s reappeared and I’m being investigated :-)”, tweeted Tamanaha in Portuguese earlier today.
One user asked if Tamanaha was Satoshi Nakamoto. Tamanaha replied in English, “Unfortunately not.”
Tamanaha, however, has not addressed the reason why the P2P Foundation’s Satoshi account suddenly befriended him after years of inactivity.
Tamanaha does have some connection to the crypto space, although he does not appear to have coding experience. In 2016, Tamanaha wrote the following in a blog post, according to a rough translation from TrustNodes:
“The first time I heard about blockchain and Bitcoin, I understood almost nothing, it was 2011 and it was just nerds, but I downloaded software and thought I was already mining, participating in a decentralized processing chain worldwide and helping the movement in SETI @ home style (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, late 90’s internet fever). I did this and forgot.”
Tamanaha’s Facebook page also features publicly-shared posts from Brazil’s blockchain and crypto community. His Twitter profile has a link to his Steemit account. His Blogspot profile, meanwhile, features a post from November 2016 discussing the “blockchain revolution.”
Taken at face value, Wagner Tamanaha seems like an ordinary internet user who became interested in crypto in 2016. However, Tamanaha’s connection to Satoshi lore is now cemented in history.
Satoshi’s GMX Email Account May Have Been Hacked
The P2P Foundation account for Satoshi Nakamoto might no longer belong to Satoshi. In fact, the account may have been compromised for several years.
The email behind the account was allegedly hacked back in 2014.
On September 8, BitcoinTalk admin Michael Marquardt, better known as “Theymos”, published a thread stating that the [email protected] account was compromised:
“Today I received an email from [email protected] (Satoshi's old email address), the contents of which make me almost certain that the email account is compromised. The email was not spoofed in any way. It seems very likely that either Satoshi's email account in particular or gmx.com in general was compromised, and the email account is now under the control of someone else. Perhaps [email protected] expired and then someone else registered it.”
Wired published a follow-up post stating, “Someone’s Threatening to Expose Bitcoin Founder Satoshi Nakamoto.” Wired claims to have established contact with the hacker. The hacker called himself Jeffrey and claimed to have crucial information about Satoshi’s true identity.
When Jeffrey was asked how he hacked Satoshi’s email, here’s what he had to say:
“The fool used a primary gmx under his full name and had aliases set up underneath it. He’s also alive.”
After gaining access to Satoshi’s email, Jeffrey was able to hack other prominent Satoshi accounts. He used Satoshi’s P2P Foundation forum profile to post the following message, for example:
“Dear Satoshi. Your dox, passwords and IP addresses are being sold on the darknet. Apparently you didn't configure Tor properly and your IP leaked when you used your email account sometime in 2010. You are not safe. You need to get out of where you are as soon as possible before these people harm you. Thank you for inventing Bitcoin.”
Jeffery demanded a bounty of 25 BTC to reveal the information and published a bitcoin address online where users could send the bounty. Today, the bitcoin address holds a total of 1.53 BTC, and the bounty remains unclaimed.
Jeffrey never revealed his Satoshi information. The hack was widely believed to be a hoax: it’s suspected that the email registration simply expired and the domain wasn’t registered. As far as we know, Jeffery never had any legitimate information about the identity of Satoshi Nakamoto.
Satoshi Has Not Posted Publicly Online Since Late 2010
Satoshi hasn’t publicly posted online since late 2010. Despite claims by various individuals stating that they are Satoshi, we have no real evidence of who Satoshi really is. His public accounts have been largely quiet since late 2010.
Although a handful of posts have been made from these accounts, most posts appear to be linked to hacks – they don’t appear to be the words of the real Satoshi.
In 2014, a Japanese-American man living in California named Dorian S. Nakamoto was “outed” as being the creator of bitcoin. As news was breaking that day, Satoshi Nakamoto infamously uploaded a post to the P2P Foundation forum stating, “I am not Dorian Nakamoto.” While the post came from the legitimate account of Satoshi, many believe that the account was hacked.
Satoshi’s P2P Foundation profile, meanwhile, shows no activity from Satoshi since February 18, 2009, when Satoshi replied to a discussion on bitcoin. The only other activity on the Satoshi profile since that date has been comments from other developers.
That’s why it’s all the more shocking to see yesterday’s “nour” status update from November 29 – along with the friendship with Wagner Tamanaha. It’s unclear what this means – if anything. However, it’s an intriguing new part of Satoshi lore.