Elon Musk ignited the internet when he tweeted an image on Wednesday of the logos of four companies, Motorola, Nakamichi, Samsung and Toshiba. The first letters of each company’s name were circled implying that the name Satoshi Nakamoto was derived from them.
The true identity of the inventor of bitcoin has never been revealed and some believe bitcoin to be the work of multiple people hiding behind the pseudonym.
Although it is disbelieved among the cryptocurrency community, Australian computer scientist Craig Wright has claimed to be Satoshi Nakamoto.
Musk’s post has been retweeted more than 62,000 times and has been one of at least a dozen popular potential names floating around as the true Satoshi Nakamoto.
December last year Musk told podcast host Lex Fridman that “He (Nick Szabo) seems to be the one more responsible for the ideas behind bitcoin than anyone else”.
Mr Szabo came up with the idea of a Bit Gold, a decentralised digital currency that has been seen to be a precursor to bitcoin in 1998, but he has repeatedly denied being Satoshi Nakamoto.
Szabo wrote an email in 2014 to Dominic Frisby, a financial author saying, “I’m afraid you got it wrong doxing me as Satoshi, but I’m used to it.”
It is widely believed that the coding for bitcoin was begun in 2007 by Nakamoto who claimed to be a 37-year-old male from Japan – but he has never revealed any personal information about himself.