Satoshi Nakamoto’s back in business? A Bitcoin (BTC) address, containing 50 coins generated in February 2009, made its first transaction in over 11 years. Further research revealed that these were not just any BTC, but some of the currencies claimed by Craig Wright.
40 BTCs remain inactive, 10 enter a mixer
The transaction in question transferred 50 BTCs to two addresses with a 40/10 split: a split reminiscent of the very first Bitcoin transmission, which saw Satoshi move 10 BTCs to the Hal Finney computer wallet.
Satoshi transfers 50 BTC after 11 years?
The transactions in question. Source: Blockstream Explorer.
Although 40 of these Bitcoins remained inactive, Chainalysis discovered that 10 BTCs were sent to a mixing service:
„We are still looking into the matter, but it appears that 40 BTCs were sent to a legacy address and not spent, while 10 BTCs entered a mixer. We’ll keep you informed if there are any further developments.“
Satoshi’s transferring 50 BTCs after 11 years?
Chainalysis then released an update:
„Looks like some of the coins ended up on Coinbase.“
The wallet belongs to Craig Wright?
But the story could be a lot more interesting. The address containing 50 BTC for over eleven years, 17XiVVooLcdCUCMf9s4t4jTExacxwFS5uh, was cited in a court document belonging to the „Wright v. Kleiman“ case.
In that document, Craig Wright claims that the wallet in question belongs to him.
Judicial document according to which „17XiVVooLcdCUCMf9s4t4jTExacxwFS5uh“ belongs to Craig Wright.
We contacted Andres Rivero, Craig Wright’s lawyer, to get more information about what happened. Unfortunately, his response was as follows:
„No comment. We’ll contact you as soon as we’re ready to say something about it.“
And if it turns out that it wasn’t Wright who moved those Bitcoins, then maybe that wallet never belonged to him. In that case, it’s possible that the Australian computer scientist doesn’t know the private keys to any of the wallets he listed.
After all, since Wright has already lied and filed false documents in court, it would not be such an unexpected development.
It wasn’t Satoshi, the experts say.
In the meantime we have also contacted some of Bitcoin’s leading forensic experts and asked their opinion on the matter.
According to Sergio Demian Lerner, Bitcoin Trader, Immediate Edge, Bitcoin Circuit, Bitcoin Evolution, The News Spy, Bitcoin Revolution, Bitcoin Billionaire, Bitcoin Era, Bitcoin Code, Bitcoin Profit researcher and author of a study according to which Satoshi’s assets are equivalent to BTC 1.1 million, these funds were not transferred from Nakamoto:
„I have no idea [who did it]. It certainly wasn’t Satoshi.“
This view is also shared by the Chainalysis researchers:
„We only took a quick look, but we don’t think it was Satoshi.“