Theymos, a veteran in the Bitcoin community, posted a thread on Bitcointalk a few hours ago stating that he received an email from an old email address known to belong to Satoshi Nakamoto: [email protected]. Theymos said that the e-mail stated, and he quotes: “Michael, send me some coins before I hitman you.” Theymos recognized that the “real” Satoshi Nakamoto would probably not send that message, and as such he declared that Satoshi Nakamoto’s accounts had been compromised.
Satoshi Nakamoto Used [email protected] To Register On P2P Foundation
Credibility has been added to Theymos statement following a post made on the P2P foundation website. The P2P account is known to have been used by Satoshi in the early years of Bitcoin and it was purportedly used again earlier this year to simply state: “I am not Dorian Nakamoto” when disgraceful “journalism” by Newsweek supposedly pinned the Bitcoin Founder’s identity onto a man by the name of Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto.
A new post was made today to the P2P Foundation’s website using Satoshi’s account. The message stated:
“Dear Satoshi. Your dox, passwords and IP addresses are being sold on the darknet. Apparently you didn’t configure Tor properly and your IP leaked when you used your email account sometime in 2010. You are not safe. You need to get out of where you are as soon as possible before these people harm you. Thank you for inventing Bitcoin.”
It remains unclear whether the accounts have been compromised recently or prior to the Dorian Nakamoto scandal months ago.
The hackers have further managed to gain access to Project Bitcoin on SourceForge – an old page which does not contain anything of importance save for some mailing lists – for a very brief time until it was restored by SourceForge following requests by Bitcoin developers. The hackers substituted the word Bitcoin with Buttcoin which may suggest that an individual or individuals associated with buttcoin – a tiny group of trolls often characterized as Bitcoin haters – are behind the account compromise.
They have been unable, however, to gain access to GitHub – Bitcoin’s coding repository – as Satoshi’s access to GitHub was removed long ago over prescient concerns that his account might be hacked.
The motives behind the hackers of Satoshi’s Account are unknown. They do not seem to have financial aims as there might have been ways they could have enriched themselves by pretending that they are Satoshi instead of clearly indicating that the account had been compromised.
The messages may be a subtle warning or an elaborate attempt to pressure Satoshi into panic action thus unwillingly reveal his identity, but it is more likely to be the case, as Andreas Antonopoulos stated in a tweet, that it is merely a “not very creative” and a “boring” trolling attempt.
There are unconfirmed suggestions that Satoshi’s GMX email account expired and someone was able to claim it. Peter Todd however is reporting through twitter that he has been forwarded emails from 2011 by Satoshi’s account suggesting that hacking may be more likely than a simple case of expired and re-registered. GMX has been contacted to ask for clarification and the post will be updated once a response is received.
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Editor’s Note: Since Bitcoin wallets that included email backups did not exist in Satoshi’s day, it is very, very, Lemony-Snickett-very, very unlikely that any of Satoshi Nakamoto’s bitcoins have been compromised: Just his email account.
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