Australian Federal Police raided the Sydney home and office of a computer expert and entrepreneur identified by Wired and Gizmodo as “Bitcoin Creator”. Named Craig Steven Wright, the person is doubt to be Satoshi Nakamoto, the possible mind behind Bitcoin.
More than a dozen federal police officers raided the house he was renting and the offices registered to him. However, they told that they were there to clear the house and directed any questions to the Australian Tax Office when asked-reported by Reuters.
The real identity of Satoshi Nakamoto has been a maze for long that journalists and bitcoin enthusiast have tried to resolve.
Wright is the chief executive of Australian-registered DeMorgan Ltd and describes himself as “a pre-IPO Australian listed company focused on alternative currency” on his Linkedin page.
In a conversation with Reuters, the owner of the home said Wright was renting the house but planned to move in England on December 22nd. According to him, Wright owned a “substantial computer system” which required a three phase electrical setup for extra power. There were several police officers dressed as computer forensic personnel.
Both Wired and Gizmodo investigations were based on leaked documents, emails and web achieves, which also included a transcript of a meeting between Wright and the Australian Tax officials.
Wired said, “Either Wright invented bitcoin, or he’s a brilliant hoaxer who very badly wants us to believe he did.”
In October, Reuters’ investigation found that the bank’s move accelerated a trend by mainstream businesses to drop the currency which made the Australian businesses turning their backs on Bitcoin.