The face of the inventor of Bitcoin (click here for a simple explanation of what this virtual currency is) is according to Newsweek that of a graduate in physics with a passion for trains and a silent career in the service of the US military and big companies. His name is Satoshi Nakamoto (but many have always thought that it was a pseudonym) and has the look of a scruffy pensioner and a reserved and reserved character. In a word pure understatment.
This at least according to Newsweek who - after a series of researches - found Satoshi Nakamoto in southern California where he lives with his 93-year-old mother. Born in Japan in 1949, Nakamoto immigrated to the United States at age 10, then married and had six children.
Newsweek interviewed him, collecting a series of denials, evasive answers and little else and made it the cover of his latest issue which - for the first time in 15 months - was distributed at newsstands and is not only in digital format.
Only a few hours have passed since the "scoop" of Newsweek that the alleged creator of Bitcoin declared in an interview with the AP agency that he was not the inventor of digital currency and was in no way involved in Bitcoit of which he discovered existence only three weeks ago, when one of his sons told him that Newsweek wanted to meet him.
Nakamoto also stated that what was reported by Newsweek is the result of a misunderstanding between him and the journalist who showed up at his home.
No one, according to Newsweek, knew of his invention, not even his family. Nakamoto is a reserved man who communicates exclusively via email. Gavin Andresen, his alleged right-hand man within the Bitcointalk forum organization, tells of long discussions without ever picking up the handset.
The genesis of electronic money would have started in 2008, when Nakamoto published a nine-page document online that proposed the birth of "electronic money" to allow payments between private individuals without the mediation of a financial institution.
Is it the face of Bitcoin? "He will never admit having launched Bitcoin, " one of his brothers Arthur Nakamoto told Nesweek. And the official denial adds further smoke to a story - bitcoin - which these days is going through one of the most critical moments: Mt. Gox, one of the main Bitcoin money changers, has suffered a theft and is bankrupt. The same fate is going through another "specialized bank", the Canadian Flexcoin, attacked by hackers and robbed of 896 Bitcoins, equal to 600 thousand dollars.