BCLogoSatoshi Nakamoto, much revered and currently missing inventor of bitcoin seems to have had his email address compromised by an unknown agent.

You may or not remember, Satoshi exclusively used one email address when he was active in the bitcoin community, [email protected]. If you have a look at the original bitcoin whitepaper you will find it there at the top just under the title. He also usually signed his correspondence with his PGP signature.

Earlier today, the head administrator of Bitcointalk Theymos received an email from Satoshi 'semail address that appeared to originate form GMX's servers and made a post on the bitcointalk forums saying;-

Today I received an email from [email protected] (Satoshi's old email address), the contents of which make me almost certain that the email account is compromised. The email was not spoofed in any way. It seems very likely that either Satoshi's email account in particular or gmx.com in general was compromised, and the email account is now under the control of someone else. Perhaps [email protected] expired and then someone else registered it.

Don't trust any email sent from [email protected] unless it is signed by Satoshi. (Everyone should have done this even without my warning, of course.)

I wonder when the email was compromised, and whether it could have been used to make the post on p2pfoundation.ning.com.

GMX, a free email provider hosted the email and according to Theymos the email does seem to have come form GMX's servers.

Emails from Satoshi can easily be verified by checking their PGP signature, you can download a copy of the signature here and OpenPGP (a free version of PGP) is available for download here. The email in question apparently lack's the signature.

UPDATE: The unknown agent has also seems to use the email address to compromise Satoshi 's account at the P2P Foundation and has now posted;-

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.

UPDATE2: Satochi's SourceForge account now appairs comprised, the perpetrator, rather childishly, is now changing Bitcoin to Buttcoin in the description of bitcoin. It is important to note, the bitcoin source has not been hosted at sourceforge for a few years now but you should not download binaries from sourceforge.


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