Ten years ago today, the pseudonym programmer (or programmers) Satoshi Nakamoto logged on to the bitcointalk.org forum one last time, and left the Bitcoin community forever. The day before, Nakamoto wrote a final message to the crypto community by offering a quick build and telling developers that there is more work to do on denial of service (DoS) attacks.
‘More Work to Do’
When Satoshi Nakamoto was around, the inventor of Bitcoin was a mysterious enigma and often led developers in the right direction between 2008 and 2010. The Bitcoin creator also left a final message to the community when he or she added it to the thread on bitcointalk. org called: “Added some DoS limits, delete safe mode.” The message was written over a decade ago on December 12, 2010, and Nakamoto stressed that “there is more work to do.”
“There is more work to do on DoS, but I am quickly building what I have so far in case of need, before venturing into more complex ideas,” said Nakamoto at the time. “The building for this is version 0.3.19. Added some DoS controls. As Gavin and I have made clear before, the software does not withstand a DoS attack at all. This is one improvement, but there are still more ways to attack than I can count. I’m leaving the -limitfreerelay part as a switch for now and it’s there if you need it. Deleted “safe mode” alerts, ‘safe mode’ alerts were a temporary measure after the 0.3.9 overflow bug, “added the Bitcoin creator.
Nakamoto further wrote:
We can say all we want that users can run with ‘-disablesafemode,’ but it’s best not to have it for appearances. It was never intended as a long-term feature. Safe mode trigger can still be triggered by seeing a longer invalid block chain (more PoW).
‘Wikileaks Has Kicked The Hornet’s Nest, And The Swarm Is Headed To Us’
While bitcoin (BTC) was exchanging for $ 0.20 a penny, Nakamoto left a large number of technical responses on the forum that month, which addressed current Bitcoin construction at the time. In fact, during the first two weeks of December 2010, Nakamoto was very active on the forum.
No one knows why the inventor left so suddenly, but Nakamoto had shown himself to be a little upset the day before his last bitcointalk.org forum message. This was because bitcoin was mentioned in a pcworld.com viral article titled: “Could the Wikileaks Scandal Lead to New Virtual Currency?”
At the time, Wikileaks was hit by a US financial impasse and because Paypal, Mastercard, and Visa stopped serving the not-for-profit whistleblowers, Wikileaks managed to attract bitcoin donations.
From Nakamoto’s responses to the topic Wikileaks, it can be surmised that the crypto inventor was deeply irritated by the attention that the tiny network was getting at the time.
“It would have been nice to have this comment in any other context,” Nakamoto stressed. “Wikileaks has kicked the hornet’s nest, and the flock is heading towards us.”
Bitcoin was changing fast, and Nakamoto seemed to know that he was gradually losing some of the control and people were making up their own minds on how the cryptocurrency should be back then. The same day he published a Wikileaks article from pcworld.com, Nakamoto also thanked Hal Finney in a post entitled: “bitcoin’s D-language minimalist client?”
Six days before Nakamoto spoke about the editorial of pcworld.com, he responded to someone who said “bring it on,” after hearing that Wikileaks was considering accepting cryptocurrency. Once again, Nakamoto seemed flustered and was not a big fan of boarding the not-for-profit whistleblowing organization led by Julian Assange.
“No, don’t ‘bring it on,'” Nakamoto insisted. “The project needs to grow steadily so that the software can be strengthened along the way. I’m making this appeal to Wikileaks not to try to use Bitcoin. Bitcoin is a small beta community in its infancy. You wouldn’t stand for anything more than a pocket change, and the heat you would bring would probably destroy us at the moment, ”the inventor added.
‘I Am Not Dorian,’ Satoshis Self-Published, and Log Off
Nakamoto’s appeal didn’t rock Wikileaks and soon after, the nonprofit began accepting bitcoin donations. The inventor of Bitcoin has not been heard in over a decade, but there are a number of emails and viewable messages from the creator that many assume originate from his legitimate accounts. For example, when Newsweek published a story about Dorian Nakamoto being the creator of Bitcoin, a post published to p2pfoundation.ning.com on March 7, 2014 says: “I’m not Dorian Nakamoto.”
Moreover, ever since Nakamoto left, there have been many self-proclaimed Satoshi Nakamotos and even clues and messages that have been widely dismantled. There are stories from individuals like Craig Wright, a man who has claimed to be the inventor of Bitcoin for the past five years. Although, Wright’s stories have been widely dismissed and dismantled by the larger cryptocurrency community.
There was also that time when Bloomberg columnist Matthew Leising told people about Satoshi, as he was called, and published an alleged saying about the nakamotofamilyfoundation.org and an individual called: ‘Duality.’ Patent holder and Hawaii resident Ronald Keala Kua Maria said he was Satoshi on a variety of website domains called “Bitcoin” and “Satoshi.”
A man with dense hair like Fabio thinks he’s Satoshi Nakamoto, but nobody believed Jörg Molt’s absurd story. In mid-August 2019, a public relations firm called Ivy McLemore and Pakistani Bilal Khalid announced that he was the inventor of Bitcoin. Of course, Khalid’s story was also considered ridiculously unpleasant. A Belgian native named Debo Jurgen Etienne Guido has told the crypto community that he is Satoshi Nakamoto on numerous occasions.
It was also reported that the head of the 47-year-old cartel, Paul Le Roux, may have been Satoshi as well. Yet none of these suspects and self-proclaimed individuals have ever provided a smoking gun pointing in their direction and have always failed to rock the larger crypto community.
As far as recorded history is concerned, Satoshi Nakamoto left the Bitcoin community ten years ago on December 12, 2010, with his last message about adding some DoS controls. Almost everything else from that point on has been suspect and lacking evidence of legality.
After the Bitcoin inventor announced the post, the creator must have been curious about the responses and may have been prepared to write one last message. Nakamoto logged in to bitcointalk.org on December 13, 2010, logged out, and hasn’t been viewed on the forum since.
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