11 Years Ago, Satoshi Nakamoto Posted His Final Public Message on the Bitcoin Forum
It’s been 11 years since Satoshi Nakamoto, the enigmatic Bitcoin founder, last visited the Bitcointalk online forum.
Nakamoto said in his farewell article that engineers needed to conduct further work to make the programme more resistant to denial-of-service (DoS) assaults.
The famed coder stepped down only two days after PCWorld published a huge piece about WikiLeaks “kicking the hornet’s nest” by embracing Bitcoin after the majority of major payment processors began refusing payments to the popular whistleblower group. Nakamoto seems to be wary about WikiLeaks embracing the original cryptocurrency and bringing it into the mainstream, believing that the network was unprepared for such widespread adoption:
I am pleading with WikiLeaks not to attempt to utilise Bitcoin. Bitcoin is still in its infancy as a tiny beta community. You would not get more than pennies, and the fire you would bring would very certainly kill us at this point.
His fears regarding the software’s resilience were justified, since the network was significantly more vulnerable to 51 percent assaults at the time.
Satoshi’s last statement was not included in the forum post. Prior to his absence, the Bitcoin founder acknowledged his resignation from the community in a private email written on April 23, 2011 to Bitcoin Core developer Mike Hearn, stating that he wanted to pursue other endeavours. Numerous explanations have been advanced as to why Satoshi abandoned the project. According to some, it was intended from the start. Others feel that the WikiLeaks issue hastened his departure. Additionally, there is conjecture that he was compelled to leave from the Bitcoin development process owing to personal difficulties.