Surprise Bitcoin Easter Egg Fuels Wild Satoshi Nakamoto Identity Theory

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Bitcoin’s mysterious creator Satoshi Nakamoto abandoned the bitcoinbitcoin
project shortly after it launched—leaving a trail of theories in their wake.

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Satoshi Nakamoto’s identity is one of the internet’s most tantalizing secrets, with huge interest surrounding the author of the bitcoin white paper, who’s potentially one of the world’s wealthiest people and could be about to get a whole lot richer.

Now, the discovery of the bitcoin white paper hidden on almost all new AppleAAPL
Mac computers has sparked wild theories over the true identity of Satoshi Nakamoto.

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“Was Steve Jobs actually Satoshi Nakamoto the creator of bitcoin,” asked bitcoin investor and blogger Lark Davis on Twitter, adding the “timelines fit” with Satoshi Nakamoto’s disappearance in December 2010 and the death of Apple chief executive Jobs in October 2011.

“Steve Jobs is Satoshi Nakamoto. I am serious,” Jason Williams, author of Bitcoin: Hard Money You Can’t F*ck With, posted to Twitter.

The speculation began when technologist Andy Baio posted about his accidental discovery of Satoshi Nakamoto’s bitcoin white paper on every Mac computer shipped after 2018.

“Of all the documents in the world, why was the bitcoin whitepaper chosen,” Baio asked. “Is there a secret bitcoin maxi working at Apple?” Baio also found an Apple Community post from 2021 that mentioned the hidden bitcoin white paper.

Since Job’s death, Apple has steered away from bitcoin even as other technology giants tiptoe toward crypto. “Apple had a problem with crypto from day one,” Apple’s former App Store director who worked alongside Jobs, Phillip Shoemaker, told Decrypt. “They thought it was a Ponzi scheme.”

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The bitcoin price has rocketed higher over the last few years, making many early bitcoin investors … [+] including the mysterious Satoshi Nakamoto very wealthy.

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Steve Jobs’ successor Tim Cook has said he personally owns some cryptocurrencies but said Apple wouldn’t follow the likes of Elon Musk’s Tesla and Jack Dorsey’s Block in buying bitcoin.

Meanwhile, Steve Wozniak, who cofounded Apple with Steve Jobs almost 50 years ago, has praised bitcoin as “pure gold mathematics,” but also suggested in an interview with Yahoo Finance that he isn’t aware of who created it. “Bitcoin doesn’t even have a creator that we know of.”

 

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