According to one of the first developers of Bitcoin (BTC), Satoshi Nakamoto sought help from external cryptographers before starting Bitcoin.
Laszlo Hanyecz, who worked closely with Satoshi in 2010, told Cointelegraph that he was confused by Satoshi’s choice of the secp256k1 elliptic curve. The use of this curve was unusual at the timethe curves of the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) were much more common. Many Bitcoin enthusiasts have speculated over the years whether this is luck or genius, as the curve chosen by Satoshi is more efficient and also makes the existence of a back door less likely.
“I made a lot of people look at him”
At some point, Hanyecz Satoshi sent an email asking why he chose that particular curve. Satoshi told Hanyecz that some experts had helped him::
“I had a lot of people looking at him and they told me it was good and he didn’t really go into it but he said he looked at it from experts.”
It is unclear when Satoshi sought this outside help, but it was before Bitcoin started, It is also unclear whether Satoshi posted his questions on crypto forums and mailing lists, or whether he had live communication with cryptographers.
A few tries before Bitcoin
On another occasion, amazed by the bitcoin design genius, Hanyecz asked Satoshi: “How did you do this? Did you do it alone“Without going into details, he reported that Satoshi said to him:
“It took me a couple of years […] It took a few tries. I’ve been working on it for a while. “
Overall, it is consistent with the public history of Satoshi’s work, in which he admits that he worked on the code for about eighteen months. We don’t know if “some attempts” refer to previous Satoshi projects or earlier versions of Bitcoin.
This story adds interesting folds to the debate over whether Adam Back was part of the Satoshi team when Adam Back was part of the team. Should they still be looking for outside help?Back is probably not a professionally trained cryptographer like Satoshi, and Hashcash uses an elliptic curve.
Another detail is that, considering how careful he was to make sure he didn’t leave any identification, Satoshi Was the information you shared with Hanyecz true?
However, Any new facts that could help us better understand the secret behind Satoshi Nakamoto and the creation of Bitcoin are worth considering.
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