I Am Not Satoshi

There has been a lot of speculation recently regarding whether or not I am Satoshi Nakamoto, the infamous creator of Bitcoin, and more recently whether or not a Bitcoin address which I control was used to fund the Silk Road marketplace.  I would like to address these two issues now and hopefully put them to rest.

First, I am not Satoshi Nakamoto.  I am a security researcher and fan of cryptography as well as a Libertarian and a fan of alternative currencies.  Being both of these, Bitcoin hit my radar almost immediately when Satoshi posted his original white paper about Bitcoin on October 31 2008, and subsequently the first version of the Bitcoin client software on January 08 2009, to the Cryptography email list.  I had many conversations with Satoshi via email shortly thereafter, mostly reporting bugs, asking clarification questions, and making suggestions regarding ways to improve the software.  Unless I have split personalities and this is Fight Club, I definitely am not Satoshi Nakamoto.  This subject has also been debated on the Bitcoin Talk Forums and, I thought, had been put to rest.

Second, I have no relation to the Silk Road, nor have I ever.  This second allegation has been made by two cryptographers, Dorit Ron and Adi Shamir from the Department of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel, performing paid research for the Citi Foundation.  Their recently released “research” paper identifies a Bitcoin address with supposed links directly to other Bitcoin addresses that were controlled by William Ulbricht, also known as Dread Pirate Roberts, who operated the Silk Road marketplace until its recent seizure by the FBI.  Ron and Shamir seem to have used flow analysis of the Bitcoin blockchain to reach these conclusions, as they did in their first paper on the subject, however without doing the required research into the actual identities of the Bitcoin address owners, using flow analysis among them to determine relationships between them is fundamentally flawed.  Ron and Shamir’s paper does not explicitly identify the Bitcoin addresses they are referring to, however the paper provides enough detail about the addresses such as balances and transfer dates that it is trivial to identify the addresses in question from the blockchain data, which is a public record, and many in the Bitcoin community have done so.  Had Ron and Shamir done even rudimentary research into the identities of said addresses, such as a search on the Bitcoin-OTC site, Bitcoin Talk forums, or even via a simple Google search, they could have easily found that the original very early source address in question (12higD) is, very publicly, one of mine and not one of Satoshi’s as they insinuate in their paper.  This has left many people on the Bitcoin Talk forums, Reddit, and elsewhere to speculate regarding the identity of the subsequent addresses that Bitcoins were sent to from my addresses, and the owners of such addresses, as Ron and Shamir’s paper insinuates that they are related to Silk Road.

The transfer primarily in question is a transfer of 1000 BTC from one of my addresses (1JCSvG) to an address that Ron and Shamir’s paper is leading people to believe was owned by Ulbrict (18ywVu) which in fact it was not.  The destination address (18ywVu) is a deposit address that Mt. Gox assigned for me to make a deposit of 1000 BTC into my account at Mt. Gox for trading purposes, as shown below in the screen capture of my account’s deposit history.  Mt. Gox should be able to easily confirm that they indeed control this destination address.  As Mt. Gox was the highest volume exchange at the time, only Mt. Gox knows who controlled those specific coins after I began trading them.

mtgox_deposit

I hope this puts to rest any further speculation regarding whether or not I am Satoshi Nakamoto and whether or not I have had any involvement with the Silk Road.  I am not and have not.

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77 Responses to “I Am Not Satoshi”

  1. jamila Says:

    i think you are satoshi m8

  2. Satoshi Eludes Detection Once More | I Want to Know How Says:

    […] Dustin Trammell has posted on his blog to refute Shamir’s claims and provides evidence that the 1000 bitcoins were actually sent to […]

  3. I Am Not Satoshi | Enjoying The Moment Says:

    […] via Hacker News http://blog.dustintrammell.com/2013/11/26/i-am-not-satoshi/ […]

  4. Martin Saulis Says:

    Satoshi would say that. He’s definitely you.

  5. ole Says:

    Good one sat.

  6. I am not Satoshi Nakamoto: response to research linking Satoshi to Silk Road. | Bitcoin News Bits - CoinBits.com Says:

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  7. AI Says:

    I too feel that paper is a bit off…

  8. KenLay Says:

    I notice you didn’t deny knowing Ross. I’d be scared too. Good luck kid.

  9. Ikid Says:

    If you claim to not be Satoshi than Satoshi must also claim to not be you :D

  10. XBTfan Says:

    You should consider slapping any news agency that doesn’t correct their articles about this with takedown notices. It’s one thing to report a sensationalist study but once an identity is linked to the wallet in question that sort of allegation becomes libel and is a seriously liability. Any self respecting news organization will do it on their own but you should be aware of your options should any of them refuse.

  11. John Says:

    Guys, he is not Satoshi.

    Because according to the first and second rules of Fight Club, YOU DO NOT TALK ABOUT FIGHT CLUB. He mentioned Fight Club, so…

  12. Satoshi Eludes Detection Once More | Youth for Changes Says:

    […] Dustin Trammell has posted on his blog to refute Shamir’s claims and provides evidence that the 1000 bitcoins were actually sent to […]

  13. Jerry Says:

    Only the true Satoshi denies his Satoshiness.

  14. Robin Says:

    Congratulations on your 8-9 million USD.

  15. bingoboing Says:

    Beautiful. Just Beautiful. It amazes me how many researchers doing “blockchain analysis” keep coming up with assertions that even a cursory goodle search can refute.

  16. Link between 'Satoshi' bitcoin account and the Silk Road dissolves Says:

    […] Trammell, a security researcher who is CEO of the vulnerability marketplace ExploitHub, wrote in a blog post that the Israeli researchers failed in their analysis, which was subject to blistering criticism […]

  17. Link between 'Satoshi' bitcoin account and the Silk Road dissolves | Tech Auntie Says:

    […] Trammell, a security researcher who is CEO of the vulnerability marketplace ExploitHub, wrote in a blog post that the Israeli researchers failed in their analysis, which was subject to blistering criticism […]

  18. engineer Says:

    Since Satoshi has decided to become quiet, he is like V from V for Vednetta, or Batman. Satoshi is a symbol. It was an alias, maybe for a person, or for a group of people, but it is a symbol now.

    I am satoshi, and so are you.

  19. Researchers Retract Claim Of Link Between Alleged Silk Road Mastermind And Founder Of Bitcoin | Lord of the Net Says:

    […] also posted a response to his blog today explaining how an account linked to Ulbricht ended up making a transfer to one of his accounts. He […]

  20. Link between 'Satoshi' bitcoin account and the Silk Road dissolves » Nottingham PC Repair Says:

    […] Trammell, a security researcher who is CEO of the vulnerability marketplace ExploitHub, wrote in a blog post that the Israeli researchers failed in their analysis, which was subject to blistering criticism […]

  21. Link between ‘Satoshi’ bitcoin account and the Silk Road dissolves | My Website Says:

    […] Trammell, a security researcher who is CEO of the vulnerability marketplace ExploitHub, wrote in a blog post that the Israeli researchers failed in their analysis, which was subject to blistering criticism […]

  22. Yebaa.com | Link between 'Satoshi' bitcoin account and the Silk Road dissolves Says:

    […] Trammell, a security researcher who is CEO of the vulnerability marketplace ExploitHub, wrote in a blog post that the Israeli researchers failed in their analysis, which was subject to blistering criticism […]

  23. Link between ‘Satoshi’ bitcoin account and the Silk Road dissolves | What's On Scotland Says:

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  24. rushengine.com | Link between 'Satoshi' bitcoin account and the Silk Road dissolves Says:

    […] Trammell, a security researcher who is CEO of the vulnerability marketplace ExploitHub, wrote in a blog post that the Israeli researchers failed in their analysis, which was subject to blistering criticism […]

  25. Virtual Mining Bitcoin News » Link between 'Satoshi' bitcoin account and the Silk Road dissolves Says:

    […] Trammell, a security researcher who is CEO of the vulnerability marketplace ExploitHub, wrote in a blog post that the Israeli researchers failed in their analysis, which was subject to blistering criticism […]

  26. Mike Murray (@mmurray) Says:

    That’s exactly what Satoshi would say. :-P

  27. Researchers Retract Claim Of Link Between Alleged Silk Road Mastermind And Founder Of Bitcoin | the usual sources Says:

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  29. Researchers Retract Claim Of Link Between Alleged Silk Road Mastermind And Founder Of Bitcoin | BCNT Says:

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  30. Link between ‘Satoshi’ bitcoin account and the Silk Road dissolves Says:

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  31. This Guy is Not Satoshi | BubbleCoin Says:

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  32. Link between ‘Satoshi’ bitcoin account and the Silk Road dissolves Says:

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  33. Dustin D.Trammell否认他是中本聪 | 比特币中文网 Says:

    […] 以色列的两名计算机科学家声称发现中本聪与丝绸之路创始人Dread Pirate Roberts可能存在联系,并公布了被认为属于中本聪的一个比特币地址。该比特币帐号的所有人Dustin D.Trammell现身,否认他是中本聪。Trammell表示他是一位安全研究人员,是自由意志派的信徒,替代货币的爱好者。他在中本聪于2008年10月31日发表关于比特币的论文之后就立即开始关注这种新的数字货币。中本聪于2009年1月8日在Cryptography邮件列表上发布了比特币客户端的第一个版本,他之后通过电子邮件与中本聪有过许多交流(zip文件),但主要是报告bug和提出改进意见。Trammell澄清,他与丝绸之路没有任何交集,以色列研究人员的研究存在缺陷,他转移1000比特币到一个Mt. Gox 上的一个帐号,这个帐号属于他自己而不属于丝绸之路的DPR,转账主要是用于交易。另外,比特币美元币值正逼近1000美元。 […]

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    […] 以色列的两名计算机科学家 声称 发现中本聪与丝绸之路创始人Dread Pirate Roberts可能存在联系,并公布了被认为属于中本聪的一个 比特币地址 。该比特币帐号的所有人Dustin D.Trammell现身, 否认他是中本聪。Trammell表示他是一位安全研究人员,是自由意志派的信徒,替代货币(又译作山寨币、竞争币)的爱好者。他在中本聪于2008年10月31日发表关于比特币的论文之后就立即开始关注这种新的数字货币。中本聪于2009年1月8日在Cryptography邮件列表上 发布了 比特币客户端的第一个版本,他之后通过电子邮件与中本聪有过 许多交流 (zip文件),但主要是报告bug和提出改进意见。Trammell澄清,他与丝绸之路没有任何交集,以色列研究人员的研究存在缺陷,他转移1000比特币到一个Mt. Gox 上的一个帐号,这个帐号属于他自己而不属于丝绸之路的DPR,转账主要是用于交易。另外,比特币美元币值正逼近 1000美元 。 […]

  37. Virtual Mining Bitcoin News » Retracted: Researchers go back on claim that Silk Road and Bitcoin founder are connected Says:

    […] Dustin D. Trammell, a 35-year-old IT professional and self-described libertarian. According to a blog post from Trammell, linked to by iwilcox, the transfer in question was done not to a Silk Road […]

  38. Porompompero Says:

    You shouldn’t have had sold so many coins in 2011 mate, now you would have $100M in Bitcoins.

  39. Lelala Says:

    Finally, a great myth revelaed ;-)
    But you made some big stacks on BTC, great!

  40. Virtual Mining Bitcoin News » Bitcoin owner refutes link between 'Satoshi' and Silk Road Says:

    […] Trammell, a security researcher who is CEO of the vulnerability marketplace ExploitHub, wrote in a blog post that the Israeli researchers failed in their analysis, which was subject to blistering criticism […]

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    […] Amerikaan ontkent op zijn blog Satoshi Nakamoto te zijn, en zegt de rekening gebruikt te hebben voor eigen investeringen. Dat deed […]

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    […] “Unless I have split personalities and this is Fight Club, I definitely am not Satoshi Nakamoto,” Trammell recently wrote on his blog. […]

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  45. $1,000 Bitcoin: what people are saying | 8ballbilliard Says:

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  46. New Research Paper Shows Possible Link Between Ulbricht (Silk Road) and Nakamoto, and is Quickly Debunked | Bitcoin Blogger Says:

    […] A Texas Bitcoin enthusiast came forward claiming the Bitoin wallet address supposedly linking the Satoshi Nakamoto and Robert Ulbricht of Silk Road […]

  47. Bill Posters Says:

    Hmmm, Im not convinced. The green suit is highly suspicious. I think Trammell should be subjected to several full body scans.

  48. Report linking Bitcoin, Silk Road retracted | eFinancials.org Says:

    […] “Unless I have split personalities and this is Fight Club, I definitely am not Satoshi Nakamoto,” Trammell recently wrote on his blog. […]

  49. Report linking Bitcoin, Silk Road retracted | Guatecomercion Financial Says:

    […] “Unless I have split personalities and this is Fight Club, I definitely am not Satoshi Nakamoto,” Trammell recently wrote on his blog. […]

  50. Usuário desmente ligação entre traficante da Deep Web e criador das Bitcoins | It News | Tech News Says:

    […] negócio veio a público. Dustin Trammell, presidente do ExploitHub, afirmou em seu blog pessoal que não tem qualquer relação com o mercado online de drogas ou com o […]

  51. btcuser Says:

    Salut, Mr. Trammell!

    Let’s get straight to the biscuits, I offer you to send any amount of the bitcoins (e.g. 0,00000001 BTC) to address 1Lg63K9gJGxBZwDuhtD2d3fueFeQ9oCWBc from any of addresses you’ve mentioned that belongs to you, after I will sent it back. IMHO this would be the best proof.

    • Dustin D. Trammell Says:

      Or, I could simply sign a message using the private keys of any of the addresses, and not send any BTC anywhere.

      • btcuser Says:

        Like an option, of course, if there is a simple way for everyone to check your signed message as simple as open blockchain/blockexploer in browser and check the transaction form your adress to the mentioned above.

      • Dustin D. Trammell Says:

        This is basic functionality of the standard Bitcoin-QT client. It’s under File -> Verify Message. I’m fairly sure most other even moderately mature Bitcoin clients support verifying messages as well.

      • btcuser Says:

        You are right, there is such functionality. Please, sign some message and post the result.

      • Dustin D. Trammell Says:

        I think you’re missing one of the key points of my blog post. I have already proved ownership of this address, years ago. See the Bitcoin-OTC link in the original post. Had my address not already been publicly well known to be mine, and provably so, Ron and Shamir’s claims might not have been so completely irresponsible and negligent.

  52. Virtual Mining Bitcoin News » Report linking Bitcoin and Silk Road retracted Says:

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  55. juan Says:

    I didn’t do it and I won’t do it again.

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  57. brokendash Says:

    Damn them libel irresponsible fools…..

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  62. Witch Hunts and Public Data | AlwaysOn Network Says:

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  63. Bitcoin, où en sommes-nous ? | Spintank Says:

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  64. Trey Says:

    Props on the 9 mil dude. You are not Satoshi, but you are crazy rich!

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  66. klm nop Says:

    You are not but you do know who Satoshi is don’t you? You exchanged emails with him. You should reveal who he is so people will get off your back. Also, I want to know who Satoshi is :)

  67. http://bitcoin-mining.org Says:

    Bitcoins sure are gathering allot of interest nowadays!!

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  69. Anon Says:

    Spoken like a true Satoshi. Enjoy your ban IRL.

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