Satoshi Nakamoto’s Last Verified Online Footprint ’10 Years Ago’

The last posts and emails of Satoshi Nakamoto

The last known remarks from the creator of Bitcoin, the real Satoshi Nakamoto, was published 11 years ago. He requested developers and contributors to Bitcoin to put in more effort and make the Bitcoin Network stand the DDoS (Distributed Denial-of-Service) and DoS attacks and the second last post was requesting Julian Assange’s “WikiLeaks” not to receive payments in Bitcoin. 

That’s Satoshi Nakamoto’s last verified post so far after PCWorld published an article about Bitcoin to stop processing WikiLeaks payments. 

“I make this appeal to WikiLeaks not to try to use Bitcoin. Bitcoin is a small beta community in its infancy. You would not stand to get more than pocket change, and the heat you would bring would likely destroy us at this stage”

BTC was seen as a substitute to replace PayPal. Satoshi Nakamoto believed the network was still not ready to bear “the heat that WikiLeaks will bring afterwards.”

“It would have been nice to get this attention in any other context.  WikiLeaks has kicked the hornet’s nest, and the swarm is headed towards us.”

Here is complete list of Satoshi Nakamoto posts on BitcoinTalk Forum

His concerns about the resilience of the software were not unfounded since the network was far more susceptible to 51% attacks back then.

However, it was not his last post since he wrote an email to his Bitcoin Core developer Mike Hearn on April 23, 2011, that revealed he wanted to move to other things. There are different theories about Satoshi Nakamoto’s disappearance. 

However, an article published on TrustNodes a few years ago also revealed Satoshi Nakamoto’s unpublished emails sent to the Bitcoin developer Mike Heran.
“A higher limit can be phased in once we have actual use closer to the limit and make sure it’s working OK.

Eventually when we have client-only implementations, the block chain size won’t matter much. Until then, while all users still have to download the entire block chain to start, it’s nice if we can keep it down to a reasonable size.

With very high transaction volume, network nodes would consolidate and there would be more pooled mining and GPU farms, and users would run client-only.  With dev work on optimizing and parallelising, it can keep scaling up.

Whatever the current capacity of the software is, it automatically grows at the rate of Moore’s Law, about 60% per year.”

He provides the code to Mike Heran afterwards to implement client-only nodes, with Mike Hearn following on actual execution, releasing the first, what are now called, SPV wallets, light wallets, or, usually, just a bitcoin wallet.

Nakamoto apparently revealed that he was working on Bitcoin apps and he was working on a something like e-Bay for Bitcoin users. He says

“I was trying to implement an eBay style marketplace built into the client. Publish/subscribe would be used for broadcasting product offers and ratings/reviews. Your reviews would be weighted by the blocks you’ve generated…

Satoshi Nakamoto was right about many things. One of them was about WikiLeaks. The CIA contacted Mike Heran afterwards. He emailed Satoshi Nakamoto about it but has not got a reply until now. 

Access the complete list of Satoshi Nakamoto’s last archived emails on Reddit

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