Craig Steven Wright

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Craig Steven Wright is an Australian computer scientist and businessman in the cryptocurrency field. He is best known for his statement that he is behind the name Satoshi Nakamoto.



Craig Wright was born in October 1970 in Brisbane, Australia. He graduated from Padua Colledge in 1987. Then he has an occupation as a researcher at Charles Sturt University where he was working on his Ph.D. project ‘The quantification of information systems risk.’

Wright has quite a few education. However, everything we know is only from his own words. So he has a doctorate in theology that he got in 2003 without mention of the institution. In his LinkedIn profile, he claimed to have a Ph.D. in computer science from Charles Sturt University.


Craig Wright worked as a security consultant in Mahindra&Mahindra. He started his career in computer technology in OzEmail, BDO Kendalls, K-Markt, and the Australian Securities Exchange. He said that he designed the architecture of the world’s first online casino, Lasseter’s Online.

Wright was the CEO of the technology firm Hotwire Preemptive Intelligence Group (Hotwire PE). This firm planned to launch Denariuz Bank, the world’s first bitcoin-based bank. In 2014 it encountered regulatory difficulties with the Australian Tax Office and failed. Wright is the founder of the cybersecurity and computer forensics company Panopticrypt Pty Ltd.

In 2004, Wright was sentenced to 28 days in jail for breaching the injunction. It prevented him from consulting the customers DeMorgan Information Security Systems, from which he resigned a year before.

Struggle for being Satoshi

In 2015, two news magazines Wired and Gizmodo supposed Craig Wright to be an inventor of Bitcoin Satoshi Nakamoto. After Wired published its allegations, Wright’s home and offices were raided by the Australian Federal Police as a part of Australian Tax Office investigation.

In 2016, BBC and The Economist published the articles in which Wright is claimed to sign messages using cryptographic keys digitally. These keys were linked to Satoshi’s first mined bitcoins. Craig signed the message using the private key from the first generated coins which were sent to Hal Finney. Craig Wright published the cryptographic signature in his block that according to researcher Dan Kaminsky and Jeff Garzik was a scam. 5 May 2016, Wright sent around an e-mail with a link to the new story: “Craig Wright faces criminal charges and serious jail time in the UK.” Wright stated that “I am the source of terrorist funds as bitcoin creator or I am a fraud to the world. At least a fraud can see his family. There is nothing I can do.”

In June 2016, the article about those events by Andrew O’Hagan was published. These events were reflected in his book “The Secret Life: Three True Stories.” The author spent some weeks with Craig Wright, took part in his public events and interviewed Wright’s wife, colleagues, and many other people. This book supports the idea that Craig Wright is Satoshi Nakamoto.

In 2019, Craig Wright used the UK libel law to sue people who doubt him being Satoshi.

In May 2019, Craig Wright has been granted copyright registrations by the US for the original 2008 Bitcoin (BTC) whitepaper as well as most of the unique code, bolstering his claims to be the pseudonymous Satoshi Nakamoto.

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