Motherboard reports that it has conducted a series of conversations with multiple figures claiming a stake in the recent alleged hacking of Satoshi Nakamoto’s e-mail, further complicating the saga of unknown virtual identities.
In short, they were first in contact with someone claiming to have hacked the account just for fun and that there are multiple hackers who “cracked the password.” A second individual, “Degavas1337”, said he’s the real hacker and that the first individual was Satoshi himself. Also, the two were fighting for control of the account.
The second individual provided a screenshot supposedly showing him logged into Satoshi’s BTC-e account (with a small amount of BTC available). A commenter on the article ridiculed such a claim, showing a screenshot of him supposedly hacking Satoshi’s Bitfinex account and saying that he successfully negotiated the 2-factor authentication in 3 minutes…after which he clarified that “before some journalist takes this out of context”, such images are easily faked.
The first person was 80% sure that he has Satoshi’s identity. He also dismissed a lead from a purchase receipt from Card Reader Factory, saying that a random guy entered his e-mail when buying mining equipment. He said the 25 BTC offer was a hoax. Motherboard declined to test out a password to the account provided by this individual for legal reasons.
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The second individual, who corresponded via skype, was 100% sure he had Satoshi’s identity. He refused to verify if he was the original “Jeffrey” and supplied a different address for donations. He was generally vague but later said he was after Satoshi’s stash of bitcoins, or at least a reward through blackmail.
Motherboard sums it up best when it concludes:
“Because of the difficulty in truly verifying anyone’s identity, especially if multiple people have access to Nakamoto’s account, the hack has produced a truly bizarre scenario, and it may only be the beginning.”
Judging by their story, yesterday’s suggestion that the “hacker” may be Satoshi himself may not be such a long shot after all. One thing we do know: it’s definitely not Dorian, since he’s a real person.