Fran Finney and others deny they’re behind the ‚Satoshi‘ Bitcoins movement

Recent Bitcoin (BTC) transactions sent from a wallet created 11 years ago were not those of famed computer scientist Hal Finney, as Finney’s wife Fran confirmed.

„Very strange,“ Fran Finney told Cointelegraph when asked about recent transactions sent from a Bitcoin wallet that, before today, remained intact for more than a decade. „These were not coins that my husband had mined and we had nothing to do with this,“ she added.

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Hal Finney died of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, in 2014. Finney’s wife, Fran, works with the ALS Association, an organization dedicated to finding a cure for this terrible disease.

Who was Hal Finney?
Hal Finney helped develop Bitcoin during the early days of the project. Finney helped code Bitcoin during its inception and was one of the first miners on the network.

Prior to his work at Bitcoin, Finney worked on a number of other innovative initiatives, such as the PGP Encryption Framework. Bitcoin founder Satoshi Nakamoto also sent Finney the first Bitcoin transaction shortly after the network was launched in 2009.

Many of the cryptographic participants think that unveiled this week, g7 working group on stablecoins report, recently joined sen, enjoyed a windfall, venezuela’s petro token himself is Nakamoto, a claim that Hal strongly denied on multiple occasions.

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Was it Martti Malmi?
Martti Malmi, also one of the first developers of Bitcoin, also denied moving the BTCs. „I found Bitcoin around April [2009],“ Malmi said in a May 20 tweet to Cointelegraph. The wallet in question predates Malmi’s involvement by two months.

Was it Marshall Hayner?
Metal Pay CEO Marshall Hayner, another early miner, said he didn’t move the coins either. The pioneer said he did not enter the Bitcoin scene until November 2009. However, he also told Cointelegraph that „if it were me, I wouldn’t say so.

He added:

„The real miner will probably never admit it. They have a wealth of coins and don’t want to be targeted. I can confirm that I was in mining in 2009, but I will never publicly reveal my possessions.
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Asserting that the person who made the transaction will never admit to the activity, Hayner said „They don’t want negative attention and potential criminals to be directed at them,“ continuing that „They would rather be known for their contributions to blockchain, or not be known at all.

Cointelegraph’s recent interview with programmer John McAfee revealed that it is 99% certain of Nakamoto’s identity, although it is not willing to say anything.