Is This 1999 Forum Message from a Young Satoshi Nakamoto?


Have internet users uncovered the young Satoshi Nakamoto – developing the concepts he would later immortalize forever in the Bitcoin (BTC) white paper?

The white paper was published in October 2008, but internet users appear to have recently unearthed a post on the Cypherpunks cryptography forum dating back to September 19, 1999. In the post, an anonymous user discusses cryptography solutions that sound eerily like those later used to form the foundations of the Bitcoin white paper – almost a decade before the landmark paper was published.

The forum thread (you can read it here in its entirety) talks about the concept of “ecash,” with the user posting about the need for “tamper-resistant” hardware “because reliance on a mint, or double spend database means your ‘cash’ can become worthless overnight if someone (say a government) decides to switch off a computer (the one holding the double spending database).”

The user goes on to propose “making the double-spending database public,” and writes,

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