The identity of Satoshi Nakamoto, the creator of Bitcoins, is one of the biggest unsolved mysteries in the world of cryptocurrencies. An individual who claims to be Satoshi Nakamoto has now announced that he’s writing a book on Bitcoins. A website claiming to be from the ‘Nakamoto Family Foundation’ has been set up which explains what this book would contain.
The website also features a cryptopuzzle, where the title of his book has been cryptographically hidden. Upon being solved, the puzzle reveals the title of the book to be “Honne and Tatamae”. A quick internet search reveals that the title, in Japanese, means: "the contrast between a person's true feelings and desires and the behavior and opinions one displays in public."
The author of the book claims that the book would talk about not only Bitcoins, but also the personal life of the mysterious and reclusive Satoshi Nakamoto. Interestingly, the author claims that this book would be a two-part release, ‘if it ever comes out’. The condition for the publishing of this book is if it becomes ‘absolutely necessary’ for people to know about his personal life.
In this Nakamoto Family Foundation website, the man claiming to be Satoshi opens up about the secret behind choosing this name, saying:
"I wanted the most common name, which I knew no one outside of Japan had any recollection that Satoshi Nakamoto, was the equivalent of 'John Smith.' It took time for the public to come to this conclusion, but most with direct access to me had figured it out long ago."
To prove that he is actually writing this book, an excerpt has also been posted on the website, which talks about various aspects of the development of Bitcoins. In the excerpt, he talks about issues that have emerged since he created Bitcoin - such as those of scaling. The author also addresses the rise of ASIC miners in the book. He concluded his post with the following note:
"But to be certain, there are countless conversations I found to be enlightening that I hope make it to be part of the story. There will be many new names and individuals appearing throughout the book in any case, as it is a story about my personal life."
However, the identity of the person claiming to be Satoshi Nakamoto could not be verified. In the past, there have been multiple attempts when people have claimed to be Satoshi Nakamoto to cash-in on his fame. It has been observed that some intelligence agencies such as the CIA are investigating this matter. However, as of this writing, it is yet to be proved if any of them are indeed the real Satoshi Nakamoto.
Interestingly, another man who has claimed to be Satoshi on multiple occasions, Craig White, has rejected this author’s claim. White, who continues to claim to be Nakamoto, has stated on his Twitter that his author "cannot get the dates nor technical details correct." While the identity of the creator of Bitcoin continues to remain a mystery - it will be interesting to see if this book ever even comes out. Stay tuned with us for more details on this story.