Bitcoin founder Satoshi Nakamoto first bought Netcoin.org
- A crypto locksmith identified as “Or Weinberger” has made a profound discovery about a decision that could have given Bitcoin a different name.
- Ou Weinberger further confirmed that no content is published on Netcoin.org until it is acquired by another person.
Bitcoin has nearly achieved its goal of removing middlemen from transactions and improving financial democracy. Over a decade since its emergence, the asset has attracted millions of users worldwide and still dominates the total value share of the crypto market. Interestingly, a crypto locksmith identified as “Or Weinberger” made a profound discovery about a decision that could have given the asset a different name.
On August 18, 2008, Bitcoin.org, the Bitcoin-related domain, was registered by Satoshi Nakamoto under AnonymousSpeech, a Japan-based service that allows users to purchase domains anonymously. Interestingly, it was observed that he also purchased a domain called Netcoin.org under AnonymousSpeech on August 17, 2008.
Did you know? A day before the domain https://t.co/oDfOFzFVNi was first registered, someone purchased https://t.co/KLzoDxJjrz using the same registrar. Looks like Satoshi was considering between the two names and then gave up https://t.co/KLzoDxJjrz#Bitcoins pic.twitter.com/yqwZYRefvX
— Or Weinberger (@orweinberger) September 23, 2022
Ou Weinberger further confirmed that no content is published on Netcoin.org until it is acquired by another person. It was later removed and re-registered in 2010 with a subsidiary of Web.com according to the report.
I discovered this by looking at all the domains purchased around the same time by AnonymousSpeech. It’s truly amazing that you can still reveal new information on such a researched topic.
This could be tough for self-proclaimed Bitcoin founders
Some users have asked about this regarding how the registrar could purchase the domain anonymously at the time and whether they used someone’s credit card to avoid trailing.
Or Weinberger replied:
AnonymousSpeech at the time either received a transfer to a Swiss bank account (belonging to Michael Weber who owned AS) or E-gold if I remember correctly. Later, in 2013, I believe they added #Bitcoin as a payment option.
The reaction to this discovery indicates that the asset’s success is partly due to its name. Most members of the crypto community have expressed their dislike of the Netcoin name.
Although Satoshi remains anonymous, several people have claimed to be the creator of Bitcoin, including Australian computer scientist Craig Wright. In 2015, he claimed to be Satoshi with some evidence, including early drafts of Nakamoto’s 2008 paper offering the asset. KPMG digital forensics specialists found several discrepancies in Wright’s claims. This includes a 2008 date on a document showing that Wright researched “Nakamoto” before the white paper was published. However, this was observed to have been tampered with.
Weinberger’s discovery also makes it difficult for Wright to make his point.