Citing fears of a hack that may have resulted in an account compromise, Bitcoin Core members have revoked the commit access belonging to Bitcoin Core developer Gavin Andersen.
Monday began with the collective dramatic explosion of news that Australian entrepreneur Craig Wright publicly claimed that he is Satoshi Nakamoto, the pseudonymous inventor of Bitcoin. He provided what he saw fit as evidence for the claim on his own blog, along with three separate media interviews (More on that here.)
One bitcoin core developer, also the Bitcoin Foundation’s chief scientist – Gavin Andersen, even penned a blog of his own to state:
I believe Craig Steven Wright is the person who invented Bitcoin.
After spending time with him I am convinced beyond a reasonable doubt: Craig Wright is Satoshi.
Skepticism soon followed, with Bitcoin observers and even one core developer refuting such claims.
There is currently no publicly available cryptographic proof that anyone in particular is Bitcoin's creator.
— Bitcoin Core Project (@bitcoincoreorg) May 2, 2016
While the debate and speculation about Satoshi Nakamoto’s identity carries on, it has now been revealed that Bitcoin Core members have made the collective decision to revoke Gavin Anderson’s commit access to the GitHub project.
The revelation was made by Bitcoin core developer Peter Todd via social media.
— Peter Todd (@petertoddbtc) May 2, 2016
Todd also revealed that Gavin Andersen remained a member but without any administrator or commit privileges.
It is also suggested that his website, which contains the blog where Andersen writes of his belief that Wright is bitcoin’s inventor, may have been hacked. Or, alternatively, it may be a case of the core team revoking Andersen’s privileges in the best interests of Bitcoin at a time when there is growing skepticism of Craig Wright’s claims.
The decision to revoke Andersen’s admin-level privileges is undeniably tied in with his unequivocal assertion that Craig Wright is, in fact, Satoshi Nakamoto.
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