A Little Chat With Satoshi Nakamoto’s New P2PFoundation Friend

A Little Chat With Satoshi Nakamoto’s New P2PFoundation Friend
Francisco Memoria

Recently, the account of the pseudonymous Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto made a post on the P2PFoundation website after four years of inactivity. The post contained the word “nour,” and came right after it added Wagner Tamanaha, a Brazilian marketing expert based in São Paulo, Brazil, as a friend.

As covered, “nour” means “light” in Arabic and is also used as a unisex name. Shortly after Nakamoto made his post, self-proclaimed bitcoin creator Craig Wright, who supports Bitcoin Cash SV (BSV) started tweeting out in Arabic sentences that translated to “the light of the world in trade.”

As for Tamanaha, various theories have been going around, with some claiming he knew Nakamoto and others trying to relate him to the word posted. CryptoGlobe reached out to the Brazilian to find out more about what’s going on.

When asked what his relationship was with Nakamoto and whether he knew who the creator of BTC was, Tamanaha replied that the friend request on the P2PFoundation platform had been sent a year ago, and that to his surprise it had now been accepted.

Per his words, the request was sent as there was only one other Brazilian on Nakamoto’s friend list at the time, and that once he knew about that he sent Satoshi Nakamoto the request. Personally, however, he revealed he isn’t able to tell if it was Satoshi himself who accepted his request and made the post, or a hacker. He did, however, find the “post economy and long intervals” intriguing.

As CryptoGlobe mentioned, Nakamoto’s account was hacked in late 2014, after a hacker revealed he was accessing his [email protected] email account, and after someone used his P2PFoundation account to reveal his “dox, passwords and IP addresses” were being sold on the dark web. The post – which has apparently been deleted – read:

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.

While speaking to Tamahana, we asked him what he believed was the meaning behind the word Nakamoto’s account put out there for the world. He claimed he hadn’t even thought about it yet, but was intrigued by the timing of the post.

He pointed out the post was made shortly after bitcoin’s price fell below the $4,000 mark for the first time since September of 2017, where “many where already claiming the bubble burst but that may have been just a Black Friday of cryptocurrencies.”

The post, per his words, could’ve been made to stimulate the community.

Something to stimulate the discussion about Bitcoin, bringing new arguments beyond market value, almost always compared to fiduciary currencies. I'm not sure either :-)

After our interview with Tamanaha, he responded to Satoshi Nakamoto’s post on P2PFoundation in Japanese, thanking the cryptocurrency’s creator for accepting his request and claiming he will do his best for Bitcoin in Brazil.

The meaning behind the post made by Nakamoto’s account, if any, is currently unclear. Most in the cryptocurrency community seemingly believe a hacker made it. Questions related to the post’s timing, however, are still unanswered.