It has been 11 years since Satoshi Nakamoto, the mysterious creator of Bitcoin, last accessed the Bitcointalk internet forum.
In his last post, Nakamoto wrote that developers need to do more work to make software resistant to Denial-of-Service (DoS) attacks.
The legendary programmer died just two days after PCWorld published a prominent article on WikiLeaks that “kicked the wasp’s nest” by taking over Bitcoin after most of the famous payment processors started up. Nakamoto appears to be very supportive of WikiLeaks’ idea of taking the original cryptocurrency and bringing it into the mainstream, believing the network is not ready for such popularity:
I appeal to WikiLeaks not to try to use Bitcoin. Bitcoin is a small beta community in its infancy. You won’t be able to make any more in change and the heat you bring will likely destroy us at this stage.
His concerns about the resilience of the software were not unfounded as the network was very vulnerable to 51% attacks at the time.
Satoshi’s last email
The forum post is not the last message from Satoshi. Before his disappearance, the Bitcoin inventor confirmed his exit from the community in a separate email to Bitcoin core developer Mike Hearn on the 23rd. There have been many theories about what made Satoshi leave the project. Some believe it was planned in advance. Others believe the WikiLeaks scandal may have accelerated its retreat. There is also some speculation that he was forced to withdraw from Bitcoin development due to personal issues.
The world’s first physical Satoshi statue was erected in Hungary in September.
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