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Craig Wright

Craig Steven Wright (born October in 1970) is an Australian computer scientist and entrepreneur. He gained fame (or notoriety) by repeatedly claiming to be a member of the team which created Bitcoin. Going even further, Wright claimed to be the real person behind the pseudonym of the Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto.

While having a background in religious studies and computer technology, Wright has shown an early interest in the cryptocurrency technology. He is the founder of cryptocurrency company DeMorgan, and one of the main backers of Bitcoin SV, a Bitcoin Cash fork. Wright figured prominently in late 2018 hash wars involving Bitcoincash.org’s Bitcoin ABC and Bitcoin SV. In it, he expressed his support for “killing” Bitcoin ABC by having the miners mine empty blocks on the Bitcoin ABC blockchain.

Yet, Wright remains best known for his claim that he is Satoshi Nakamoto which earned him a moniker of “Faketoshi” and a series of accusations of doing it as part of an elaborate hoax. Wright responded to the accusations by providing alleged cryptographic evidence for his claims which largely left the crypto community unimpressed. Wright has also been accused of conducting a scheme against Dave Kleiman (one of the alleged inventors of Bitcoin) with the goal of claiming his bitcoins and intellectual property associated with Bitcoin.