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.

Hacked Exchange Cryptopia Enables Trading in 40 Different Currency Pairs

New Zealand-based digital asset exchange, Cryptopia has reportedly resumed trading on its exchange as it is now allowing 40 different trading pairs. This, after Cryptopia recently experienced from several different security breaches.

Support For Bitcoin, Litecoin, Dogecoin Pairs Added

Cryptopia’s management announced (via Twitter on March 18th) that it is planning to expand its list of coins which will again be supported on its trading platform. As noted on Cryptopia’s official support website, the exchange has enabled several different trading pairs (as of March 19th, 2019) with major cryptocurrencies. These include bitcoin (BTC), litecoin (LTC), and dogecoin (DOGE).

In response to Cryptopia’s announcement, Twitter user @dgb-chilling, a supporter of DigiByte (DGB), a cryptocurrency that uses five different mining algorithms, said that he had emailed the exchange’s support team to inform them regarding the coin’s latest update (version 6.17.2). He added that “an upgrade was recommended but not mandatory.”

Meanwhile, Chuck Norris (@CryptoTweet6) remarked: 

Now this is good news! Let’s hope the rest of the coins will be released for trading swiftly.

Other users also considered it “good news” that the compromised cryptoasset exchange was gradually resuming its operations. However, one social media user asked when Cryptopia would start enabling deposits while another inquired about why his ARK coins were still not recoverable from the trading platform. He claimed that he had deposited 1,000 ARK, currently valued at around $628, (a popular proof-of-stake based coin) on Cryptopia. The user also complained that his coins were missing “missing because [the exchange] did not update the ARK wallet."

Tens Of Millions Of Dollars Stolen In Hack

On February 27th, 2019, Cryptopia’s management announced that it was “assessing the impact incurred as a result of the hack” which led to the theft of tens of millions of dollars in cryptocurrency. Last month, Cryptopia’s support team had also estimated that the total loss incurred due to the security breaches was of around 10% of its total holdings (in the worst-case scenario).

Notably, the exchange’s official Twitter account had been silent for several weeks (since Feburary 14th). However, it released several announcements, starting in late February, in which it revealed that its staff members were working on securing each customer’s account individually. Cryptopia’s management also noted that it was taking the appropriate measures to ensure that its trading platform is secure when it is officially back online.