Self-named Bitcoin creator, Craig Wright may have landed himself in more trouble than intended with new letters sent to bitcoin developers and companies including Blockstream.
A copy of the letter shared on Twitter by Blockstream CSO, Samson Mow, alleges that on February 5, hackers broke into Craig Wright’s computer network and stole the private keys for two Bitcoin addresses holding balances worth $1 billion.
— Samson Mow (@Excellion) June 12, 2020
The two addresses 1FeexV6bAHb8ybZjqQMjJrcCrHGW9sb6uF (79957 BTC) and 12ib7dApVFvg82TXKycWBNpN8kFyiAN1dr (31,000 BTC) as per the letter belonged to Tulip Trading Trading Limited, a Craig Wright-owned company, until recently when he lost access to them.
But there’s a huge twist
The “1Feex” address which Craig Wright claimed to have had access until now was involved in the infamous hack of what was once the world’s largest bitcoin exchange, Mt Gox in 2011.
On March 1, 2011, the address received 79,956 BTC in a single transaction and this sum according to Mt Gox CEO Mark Karpeles was part of what hackers made away with. Interestingly too, the funds have remained unmoved to date.
With Craig Wright now claiming to have held ownership of the address until February this year, a big question arises regarding whether the self-named Bitcoin creator is also associated with the Mt Gox hack in 2011, and if not, how he gained access to the private keys for the wallet.
Mark Karpeles alluded to the possibility of such in a tweet following the latest round of letters that mention the address:
The 1Feex address contains ~80k BTC stolen from MtGox in March 2011. Craig Wright is claiming to have been in control of this address until recently, admitting legal liability for damages and interest?https://t.co/vWGF871c16
— Mark Karpelès (@MagicalTux) June 12, 2020
Clearly Craig Wright now has more questions to answer regarding his Satoshi claims, adding the recent unravellings last month. As Coinfomania had reported, then over 140 addresses which Craig Wright claimed to own signed a message labeling him as a “fraud.”
The latest growing body of evidence may as well end any debates in the coming months, while the identity of Bitcoin’s real creator remaining concealed.