Vitalik Buterin attacks self-proclaimed Bitcoin founder Craig Wright, calling him a scammer from BTC Peers
© Reuters. Vitalik Buterin attacks the self-proclaimed Bitcoin founder Craig Wright and describes him as a fraud
Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin is not buying Craig Wright’s claims of being the anonymous founder of. Instead, he attacked the Australian computer scientist and called him a fraud.
In a recent appearance on the Lex Fridman podcast, Buterin called Wright a “cheater” and compared him to former US President Donald Trump for discussing issues that people resent. Buterin goes a step further and challenges Wright’s attorneys to sue him after singling out resentments over Bitcoin’s block size war. He said:
I see Craig Wright as some kind of Donald Trump character, and he’s not very intellectual. I think he gets a big audience because he says things that like to play on people’s resentments. Like in the wake of this block size war … According to Buterin, Wright started on the right foot and made some positive contributions to the Bitcoin block debate. His arguments earned him some community supporters. However, things started to get sour when he claimed he was Satoshi Nakamoto.
According to the founder, Wright’s cover was blown when he started saying several technically wrong things. For example, Buterin pointed to Wright’s arguments that Bitcoin’s elliptic curve was good for cryptographic pairings, a claim he was unable to defend.
Both people first had a fallout during the Deconomy conference in 2018. They were both panellists at the conference, discussing the animosities and disagreements among supporters of Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash. Buterin concluded that Wright was a cheat because he didn’t have a solid case for the small block position.
Let’s go to court Wright is no stranger to lawsuits. In fact, it would be surprising if he didn’t sue Buterin. Earlier this year, Wright tracked several crypto platforms and threatened to sue them for hosting the Bitcoin whitepaper on their websites. A London court actually examined his claims of being Satoshi and allowed him to file a copyright lawsuit against the publisher of Bitcoin.org.
Wright recently filed a lawsuit against 16 Bitcoin developers. This time he wanted to get the private keys of two addresses with 111,000 bitcoins.
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