Satoshi Nakamoto was an easyDNS customer, and we know who it is…

Back in December, 2010 Wikileaks was under a payment blockade, wherein US political figures acted extra-judiciously against the whistleblower site by convincing Paypal and VISA, etc to stop processing donations for them. It was at that time two things happened:

Wikileaks started accepting a new digital currency called “bitcoin”, which at that time was barely worth a few cents per unit, and
easyDNS became embroiled in this entire mess when mainstream media outlets like the New York Times, The Guardian, the Financial Times, and too many more to mention, mistakenly reported that we had unplugged Wikileaks’ DNS, zapping them off the internet.
As many of you know, we ended up becoming the DNS provider for their backup website and a few other mirrors. It was at that time I got a lot of email about the subject, including one which was GPG encrypted and signed, it read:


Kudos to your firm for being on the right side of this debacle. I have been an easyDNS customer for years and knew you would do the right thing when push came to shove.

Satoshi Nakamoto
I had never heard of Satoshi Nakamoto, or for that matter, Bitcoin. I put the email into a folder I kept for all the Wikileaks email I was receiving (including the hate mail, and there was lots of that) and forgot about it.

Every once in awhile I go through that folder, usually to check if the people who compared me to Osama Bin Laden and swore they were moving their domains away ever did (oddly, hardly any actually did and many are still with us today), and I can’t believe I never noticed this until now, I found the one from purported “Satoshi Nakamoto” in it. ..