Someone has taken over the email account belonging to Bitcoin’s secretive creator, Satoshi Nakamoto, saying he will sell Nakamoto’s secrets for money.
The hacker, who told WIRED his name is “Jeffrey,” claims to have also obtained information on Nakamoto that could be used to unmask his identity. Jeffrey didn’t tell us much, but when we asked him how he managed to take control over the firstname.lastname@example.org email address that Nakamoto had used for some of his correspondence, he wrote: “The fool used a primary gmx under his full name and had aliases set up underneath it. He’s also alive.” He says he has email messages dating back to 2011.
In a Pastebin post, Jeffrey said he will release Satoshi’s secrets if someone pays 25 bitcoins—about $12,000 to his bitcoin address:
Releasing the so called “gods” dox if my address hits 25 BTC.
And no, this is not a scam, you can see the below screenshots for proof of inbox ownership and a little teaser.
Same one posted on p2pfoundation^
A programmer (or group of programmers) going by the name Satoshi Nakamoto released the open source software that drives the bitcoin digital currency in 2009. Ever since, as has bitcoin expanded into a worldwide phenomenon, people have tried to unmask its creator (1|2|3|4|5|6|7|8), but his true identity has never been sufficiently proven.
It looks like Jeffrey leveraged the gmx.com address to take over other Nakamoto accounts too.
One was used Monday to post a message to the P2P Foundation website:
Dear Satoshi. Your dox, passwords and IP addresses are being sold on the darknet. Apparently you didn’t configure Tor properly and your IP leaked when you used your email account sometime in 2010. You are not safe. You need to get out of where you are as soon as possible before these people harm you. Thank you for inventing Bitcoin.
Another to deface an old bitcoin developer page on the Sourceforge open-source coding site:
Michael Marquardt, an administrator on the Bitcointalk forum who goes by the nickname “theymos,” wrote:
Today I received an email from email@example.com (Satoshi’s old email address), the contents of which make me almost certain that the email account is compromised. The email was not spoofed in any way. It seems very likely that either Satoshi’s email account in particular or gmx.com in general was compromised, and the email account is now under the control of someone else. Perhaps firstname.lastname@example.org expired and then someone else registered it.
The email said:Quote from email@example.com: “Michael, send me some coins before I hitman you.”
Not exactly Satoshi’s normal style.
So far, the Bitcoin address supplied for donations has received 1.53036037 BTC of its 25 goal.