A new crypto theory gaining popularity claims the mysterious bitcoin founder Satoshi Nakomoto left a series of clues to unlocking his BTC fortune estimated to be worth billions. 

According to a series of recent posts published on Bitcointalk, traders are beginning to hunt for clues that may lead to the discovery of Nakamoto’s private keys, thereby unlocking the hundreds of thousands of BTC mined in the early days of bitcoin. 

The theory is based upon research by Sergio Demian Lerner published in 2013 showing a statistical imbalance in the blocks mined by bitcoin’s anonymous founder. Lerner speculated the non-uniform distribution may have been a purposeful creation by Satoshi in order to leave behind a message. 

He wrote, 

Satoshi left a message fingerprinted in the nonces. A message for us to see in a distant future.

Bitcointalk traders have now taken the theory further, arguing that Satoshi’s early block rewards did not constitute random mining, but instead may represent a roadmap for the private keys to his bitcoin fortune. 

If true, the clues would lead to the unlocking of wallets containing Satoshi’s estimated 750,000 mined BTC, worth more than $34 billion at today’s price.

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