Alex Hern@alexhernThursday 5 May 2016 13.55 BSTLast modified on Thursday 5 May 2016 15.47 BSTSave for laterCraig Wright, the Australian computer scientist who claimed to be Satoshi Nakamoto, the creator of bitcoin, has backtracked on a pledge to provide proof of his earlier claims.Despite promising on Tuesday that he would be offering “extraordinary evidence” to verify his claim that he is really Satoshi Nakamoto, Wright wiped his blog on Thursday, replacing it only with a message headlined: “I’m Sorry.”
Australian entrepreneur Craig Wright has identified himself as Satoshi Nakamato, the pseudonymous creator of the digital currency bitcoin.Wright, who was named as the cryptocurrency’s founder by two separate media investigations in December, made the admission in a blog post on Monday, providing what he says is technical proof of his claim.
Apple customers were targeted by hackers over the weekend in the first campaign against Macintosh computers using a pernicious type of software known as ransomware, researchers with Palo Alto Networks have revealed.Ransomware, one of the fastest-growing types of cyber threats, encrypts data on infected machines, then typically asks users to pay ransoms in hard-to-trace digital currencies to get an electronic key so they can retrieve their data.
Charlie Shrem stands accused of knowingly selling over $1m of bitcoins to users of the Silk Road online black-marketplace
The vice chair of the Bitcoin Foundation, Charlie Shrem, has been arrested for conspiracy to commit money laundering and operating an unlicensed money transmitting business.
The arrest comes as a major blow for the digital currency lobby group. Bitcoin Foundation staff have been working hard to distance the digital currency from its links to crime. They testified to the Senate last year and have been lobbying regulators in Washington.
Patrick Murck, Bitcoin’s general counsel, said: “I don’t think it’s damaging for the Foundation. Foundation wasn’t involved in any of the allegations.”
The charges stem from Shrem’s ownership of the BitInstant bitcoin exchange, of which he is the chief executive, co-founder and compliance officer. The exchange hit the headlines in May 2013 when the Winklevoss brothers led a seed round which raised $1.5m of investment.
A second man, Robert Faiella, has also been arrested and charged for the same crimes relating to his operation of a small bitcoin exchange under the name BTCKing.
The charges, unsealed by the Manhattan distort attorney Preet Bharara, accuse the pair of “engaging in a scheme to sell over $1m in bitcoins to users of Silk Road”, the online black marketplace which was closed by the FBI in October 2013.
Shrem is additionally charged with “wilfully failing to file any suspicious activity report regarding Faiella’s illegal transactions through the company,” the documents reveal.