[Cryptography] Satoshi's PGP key.

Per Kangru kangru at gmail.com
Wed Dec 9 03:22:48 EST 2015

On Sun, Nov 15, 2015 at 6:32 AM, Ray Dillinger <bear at sonic.net> wrote:

> Recently was a request on the list for the Public PGP key
> corresponding to the Private key used by Satoshi Nakamoto.
> I wasn't inclined to post it at first, but ... well...
> "public".
> It can't be used to do mischief, and possession of the
> corresponding private key is certainly something that
> pretenders will never be able to fake.

I guess that we now know the usage of this public key:


Making Contact

On December 1st, WIRED sent an encrypted email to Wright suggesting that we
knew his secret and asking for a meeting. A few hours later, we received a
wary response from the address Tessier-Ashpool at AnonymousSpeech.com, a
cyberpunk reference to a rich and powerful corporate dynasty in William
Gibson’s Sprawl trilogy. Wright had referenced the same fictional family in
the bio of his private twitter profile. The email’s IP showed that it came
from an IP address in Panama controlled by Vistomail, the same service that
Satoshi Nakamoto had used to send his emails introducing bitcoin and to run
Bitcoin.org. “This is a throw away account. There are ways even with [the
anonymity software] Tor, but the people in Panama are exteremly [sic] good
and do not violate people’s desired privacy,” the email read. “You are
digging, the question is how deep are you?” The message ended, “Regards,
the Director of Tessier-Ashpool”

A few hours later, we received another, even more perplexing message from
the same account. “The nature of this moniker is selected for a purpose. I
now have resources. This makes me a we now. I am still within that early
phase of learning just what my capabilities happen to be. So, even now with
resources I remain vulnerable,” it read. “You seem to know a few things.
More than you should.”

When we responded by describing the three blog posts that showed Wright’s
clear connection to bitcoin’s creation and asking again for a meeting, he
gave a revealing answer. “Although we all desire some level of credit, I
have moved past many of these things,” read his response from the same
Tessier-Ashpool account. “Too many already know secrets, the world does not
need to know. There are other means to lead change than to be a dictator.”

After our second followup message asking for a chance to talk, Wright
responded that he would consider our request. Then he stopped responding

Let's hope we start to see some good valid posts again soon from our friend
from before.

> --
Per Kangru
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