Satoshi Nakamoto, the creator of Bitcoin and by extension the father of cryptocurrencies, has reappeared after a four-year silence to utter only one single word: nour. The update appeared on his P2P Foundation page where he famously distributed the whitepaper that gave birth to the concept of trustless distributed ledger systems.
Before that, his only activity was an affirmation on March 7, 2014, that he is not Dorian Prentice Satoshi Nakamoto, a Japanese American man from California who lived only a few blocks from Hal Finney and was identified by Newsweek journalist Leah McGrath Goodman.
Because a hacker claimed to have access to Nakamoto’s email address a few months after the discussion, it’s impossible to verify whether or not the man himself made the 2014 affirmation. Attempts by Cryptovest to reach his email address failed because it is no longer on GMX’s servers.
All in all, there is no evidence that those who had access to Nakamoto’s email have used his P2P Foundation profile at any point.
Aside from his update, he also added Wagner Tamanaha, an active supporter of blockchain-powered social networking site Steemit, as a friend.
What does nour mean?
In the Arabic language, the word nour (نور) means “light.” This word is also found in Urdu and has many Latinized variants, including nor, noor, or nur.
What Satoshi meant by this is anyone’s guess, but the timing of his update is perhaps the most interesting aspect. Nakamoto’s “revival,” after all, came about two weeks into a harsh bear market for Bitcoin that took its value to new lows after the bull run it had late last year.
Although this could still be someone who had access to Nakamoto’s email at one point, it doesn’t answer the question of why this is happening now as opposed to any other time in the last four years. Why wait until a year when Bitcoin seems to be losing its legs?
The only thing people can do now is wait until an answer comes out of the ether. Even then, it will be hard for Nakamoto to prove that it’s really him posting these messages.