The Search for Satoshi Nakamoto: Chapter V: Hal Finney

Another of the series of people suspected from hiding behind the Satoshi Nakamoto pseudonym is, already deceased, Hal Finney. He was the user of the Bitcoin site, who, as the first one ever, received transaction from Satoshi himself.

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Who Is It? 

Hal Finney was an IT developer from PGP Corporation. He had studied in Californian University of Technology, where he graduated in 1981 and received a bachelor degree. 

Why Is He a Suspect? 

Hal was one of the first users in the Bitcoin site. As has already been mentioned, he was the first one to receive a transaction from the creator himself. Another circumstance pointing his way was his interest in cryptography long time before the creation of Bitcoin. Moreover, the company where he worked, PGP Corporation, developed a software ensuring privacy and authenticity of internet communication. Also, Hal was a cypherpunk. This subculture is known mainly for their effort to preserve anonymity against third parties during internet communication. For those people, the idea of Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies was, to say at least, interesting. Hal’s conviction can be seen especially in his quote from 1992, when he said:

 “Computer can be used as tool to liberate and protect people, rather than to control them.” 

 In 2013, Hal announced on his blog, that he was paralysed due to his illness (ALS), but he will continue programming. He worked on a software called bcflick, which was meant to improve security of Bitcoin wallets. Whether Hal was or was not Satoshi Nakamoto, during his life he contributed to Bitcoin a great deal, therefore he deserves to be recognized. Do you have some feedback for us? Leave us your comment on our Twitter or Facebook page. Do not forget to join our new next generation Bitcoin trading platform NakamotoX now and win awesome prizes.


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