You've probably heard a lot about Bitcoin recently - from the incredible rise (and subsequent crash) in its value, to the implosion of Mt. Gox - the playing card trading website turned world's largest Bitcoin exchange.
The invention of Bitcoin, the cryptocurrency that became the darling of the Internet, was attributed to a mysterious man (or group of men) called Satoshi Nakamoto. The name was widely believed to be a pseudonym, until Newsweek reported that it had found him. Astoundingly, he is actually named Satoshi Nakamoto, and that he's been living in plain sight.
Leah McGrath Goodman of Newsweek wrote the story of the (supposed) father of Bitcoin, including this illuminating exchange with a brother she tracked down:
"You want to know about my amazing physicist brother?" says Arthur Nakamoto, Satoshi Nakamoto's youngest sibling, who works as director of quality assurance at Wavestream Corp., a maker of radio frequency amplifiers in San Dimas, Calif.
"He's a brilliant man. I'm just a humble engineer. He's very focused and eclectic in his way of thinking. Smart, intelligent, mathematics, engineering, computers. You name it, he can do it."
But he also had a warning.
"My brother is an asshole. What you don't know about him is that he's worked on classified stuff. His life was a complete blank for a while. You're not going to be able to get to him. He'll deny everything. He'll never admit to starting Bitcoin."
And with that, Nakamoto's brother hung up.
Read the entire story over at Newsweek.