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Australian Federal Police have raided the home the Sydney home of Craig Steven Wright, who is now believed to be a co-inventor of the Bitcoin digital currency.
The search warrant for Wright’s home was issued at the request of the Australian Taxation Office, according to Australia’s ABC News.
The creator of Bitcoin is popularly believed to have as many as 1 million bitcoins that were created early on, which would be worth $415m.
The paper outlining the vision for Bitcoin and code for the software were released in 2008 and 2009 under the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto, but the identity of who is really created Bitcoin has been a closely-guarded secret.
The Wired and Gizmodo reports suggest Wright and US computer expert Dave Kleiman, who died in 2013, developed Bitcoin together.
Wired concludes that it cannot say with absolute certainty who is behind Bitcoin despite the massive trove of evidence, but maintains that the two possibilities outweigh all others
Bitcoin is a digital cryptocurrency that is decentralised and operates using a peer-to-peer network, and unlike other currencies has no central authority or government-based backing.
Bitcoin transactions are confirmed by other users on the peer-to-peer network and added to the continuous blockchain.
A blockchain is a constantly growing public ledger or transaction database that records all Bitcoin cryptocurrency transactions in chronological order, and is shared by every node participating in a system based on the Bitcoin protocol.
A complete copy of a blockchain therefore contains a record of every transaction completed over the network because every block contains what is known as a ‘hash’ of the block that went before it, and every block in the chain can be traced back to one ‘genesis’ block.
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