The uncertainty of Satoshi Nakamoto‘s identity has spawned a host of conspiracy theories, and a lack of unequivocal proof means some are plausible, while others are obviously outright ridiculous.
A few months later, in October, a link to a white paper authored by “Satoshi Nakamoto” and titled “Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System” is posted to an obscure cryptography mailing list.
Soon after that, in January 2009, Bitcoin’s open-source code is released in the wild.
One of the most prominent theories is that the US intelligence services came up with Bitcoin to be able to send untraceable funding to top-secret international missions.
In 2011, Ethereum’s co-founder Vitalik Buterin posted on industry forum BitcoinTalk to say he wouldn’t be surprised if the National Security Agency (NSA) had been involved in the cryptocurrency’s creation.
In a tweet sent to his hundreds of thousands of followers, the young entrepreneur curiously said “my opinions have obviously changed a lot since then.”