Satoshi Nakamoto from Estonia?
Justin Sobaje, a lawyer from Los Angeles, is sure that he has revealed the mysterious Satoshi Nakamoto. He states that the Estonian scholar Helger Lipmaa is hiding under the pseudonym of Bitcoin creator.
At the end of 2017, an American lawyer sent a letter to some well-known publications. In this letter, he included a number of proofs that Helger Lipmaa, a lead research professor at the Computer Science Department of the University of Tartu, created the first cryptocurrency.
Reasons for Such a Supposition
Sobaje is convinced that the famous nine-page white paper “Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System” could be written only by a person who is well versed in time marking and hashing technologies. According to him, the principles of this technology were disclosed in the doctoral dissertation of Lipmaa, as well as in a number of scientific articles published by him in the late 1990s. Moreover, the lawyer notes that the white paper describing the work of Bitcoin indirectly refers to the doctoral dissertation of the Estonian scientist.
Also in his letter, Sobaje stressed the outstanding mathematical abilities of the “Estonian Satoshi”. As a pupil, Lipmaa took prizes in mathematical competitions. He graduated from the university with flying colours in three years. Among other things, Sobaje gave his explanation to the pseudonym “Satoshi Nakamoto”. The American lawyer noticed that Limpaa mentioned three names of Japanese cryptographers – Satoshi Oban, Yunko Nakajima and Takeshi Okamoto on his website. Thus, according to Sobaje, the pseudonym of the Bitcoin creator was made up of these three names.
The editors of the newspaper Postimees managed to contact Lipmaa. According to the Estonian scientist, the results of the investigation were extremely surprising for him. He claims that he is definitely not Satoshi, and he does not understand why Justin Sobaje drew attention to him. Finally, the Estonian scholar asked not to mention his name in the media any more.