For anyone getting caught plagiarizing someone else’s thesis in order to obtain your doctorate would be bad enough, but if you claim to be the original writer of the Bitcoin whitepaper, aka Satoshi Nakamoto, getting caught red-handed is downright foolish.
Still, it would appear that is what happened to Craigh Wright, the Australian businessman whom some in the cryptosphere have named ‘Fake Satoshi’. As you may recall, Mr Wright claims to be the original inventor of Bitcoin and therefore the one who is entitled to the first 1.1 million mined coins. At today’s value, he’s thus entitled to some 9 billion dollars. This of course depends on the fact whether he can find the private keys to the wallet that gives access to those coins and, secondly, that he wins his court case against the family of his former business partner David Kleiman.
The resumption of this court case, being handled in the US, is foreseen for 6 July. However, in the meantime, Mr Wright’s reputation was further dented when researches found that he has copied large swathes of his doctorate thesis from someone else. Given that he only obtained his PhD by Charles Sturt University in 2017, this could be a convincing argument for crypto fans to prove that he is indeed a ‘fake’.
Cardano Hoskinson and John McAfee react
Mr Wright didn’t have many fans in the cryptosphere already and started a high profile court case against Vitalik Buterin, inventor of Ethereum just last year, but after this latest error the number of his criticasters might swell even further.
One of the first to openly react to the news was Charles Hoskinson, the charismatic founder of Cardano and CEO of IOHK, who stated that he ‘wasn’t even surprised’ by the news at this point.
Another person to have been confronted by it was John McAfee, the antivirus billionaire who’s recently launched his own crypto coin Ghost. Mr McAfee, always keen to give his opinion on all worldly matters, now claims that the belief that an individual named Satoshi Nakamoto designed Bitcoin was sheer “nonsense,” stating: “It was a team of eleven people over a period of five years, that came up, eventually, with Bitcoin. How they decided who would write the paper, I don’t know. But anybody who wants to know who it is — I mean, you know who the options are, you’ve got Craig Wright possibly, I’m not going to name everyone else otherwise you’ll figure out who it is, but somebody wrote the whitepaper.”