John McAfee to promise unmask bitcoin pioneer 'Satoshi Nakamoto'
If he does this, that could throw a wrench into Bitcoin trading
/NOVOSTIVL/ John McAfee, the eccentric antivirus pioneer known for his brushes with the law, said he has spoken with bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto and plans to reveal the person’s identity shortly. This article appeared in the Bloomberg.
The background of Nakamoto — a pseudonym that is thought to refer to a person or group of people — has been fiercely debated for years, with a long list of discredited theories fueling suspicion bitcoin’s pioneer is probably dead. In recent days, McAfee has been threatening on Twitter to out Nakamoto, saying that he’s a man living in the U.S. McAfee has said that he will take the step unless Nakamoto comes forward voluntarily.
McAfee is now telling Bloomberg that he’ll expose Nakamoto “within a week.”
McAfee’s antics and erratic behavior have overshadowed his past as a software pioneer, and it’s hard to know whether he’s finally tracked down the real Nakamoto — a feat that many others have failed to pull off.
But McAfee said in the interview that he has spent a lifetime pursuing hackers, making him well-suited to this task.
“People forget that I am a technologist,” he said. “I am one of the best.”
If Nakamoto is indeed alive, that could throw a wrench into Bitcoin trading. Nakamoto — possibly along with fellow pioneers of the crypto currency — is believed to be one of the largest holders of bitcoins. He may possess nearly 1 million of them, a huge chunk when you consider that entire circulating supply is about 17.6 million coins. The stake would be worth $5.6 billion at current prices.