Link between Hal Finney and Satoshi tenuous based on Twitter history
The true identity of Satoshi Nakamoto may never be known
One of the mysteries that surround the crypto world goes back to the time in which this technology was first introduced to the world. The creator of Bitcoin has called himself Satoshi Nakamoto; however, there is still a lot of speculation in the community regarding who he might be. Some people, in the past, suggested that Hal Finney is no other than Nakamoto himself, but that theory has been recently defeated by Twitter posts from 2010, which have given certain evidence that suggests that he is not the mysterious creator of the first-ever cryptocurrency.
According to Laszlo Hanyecz, a person who worked closely with Nakamoto back in 2010, Finney had no familiarity with the Mac computers. In an interview with Cointelegraph, he asserted, “He didn’t have a Macintosh. He didn’t know how to build it for Mac.” And that’s the reason that Nakamoto asked him to develop a MacOS version of the Bitcoin client, which he did at some point. However, based on tweets that date back to 2010, it has been confirmed that both Finney and his wife did own Macs in 2010, which may put the theory in jeopardy. “Going to Google calendar page causes an infinite loop or redirects for both my wife’s and my Macs. Google status page says AOK?” said one of Finney’s tweets in 2010.
Perhaps this is not strong evidence that can clear all doubts surrounding this theory; one of them was that Finney was either Satoshi or at least he was involved in the team hiding behind this pseudonym. Some supporters of the theory gave several explanations as to why Finney could still be involved despite the fact that he owned a Mac. According to Hanyecz, Nakamoto was very controlling and borderline paranoid; therefore, it is unlikely that he just decided to delegate the development of the Mac client to an outsider if Finney was, in fact, part of the team.