Chapter 3 – The Japanese Connection
Apart from the name Satoshi Nakamoto and profile information at P2P foundation, the whois of bitcoin.org also leads to Japan. The japanese connection has confused many.
Whois history at domain tools from 2008-08-19 – 2011-11-21
Created On:18-Aug-2008 13:19:55 UTC
Last Updated On:18-Aug-2008 13:19:57 UTC
Expiration Date:18-Aug-2009 13:19:55 UTC
Sponsoring Registrar:eNom, Inc. (R39-LROR)
Status:CLIENT TRANSFER PROHIBITED
Registrant Name:ANONYMOUSSPEECH ANONYMOUSSPEECH
Registrant Organization:Anonymousspeech LLC
Registrant Street1:1-3-3 Sakura House None
Registrant Postal Code:164-0011
Registrant Phone Ext.:
Registrant FAX Ext.:
The record is updated on 2011-05-18. From this day it is owned by Martti Malmi (Sirius)
Domain ID:D153621148-LROR Domain Name:BITCOIN.ORG Created On:18-Aug-2008 13:19:55 UTC Last Updated On:18-May-2011 04:47:13 UTC Expiration Date:18-Aug-2019 13:19:55 UTC Sponsoring Registrar:eNom, Inc. (R39-LROR) Status:OK Registrant ID:02e87e389a273cab Registrant Name:Louhi Net Oy Registrant Organization:Louhi Net Oy Registrant Street1:Italahdenkatu 22 A Registrant Street2: Registrant Street3: Registrant City:Helsinki Registrant State/Province: Registrant Postal Code:00210 Registrant Country:FI Registrant Phone:+358.925122180 Registrant Phone Ext.: Registrant FAX:+1.123 Registrant FAX Ext.: Registrant Email:email@example.com
The email transcripts between Dustin and Satoshi reveals the IP address used by Satoshi in 2009.
The headers from the emails
From firstname.lastname@example.org Tue Jan 13 07:55:20 2009
Received: (qmail 27444 invoked from network); 13 Jan 2009 07:55:20 -0000
Received: from anonymousspeech.com (HELO mail.anonymousspeech.com)
(22.214.171.124) by oaklabs.net with SMTP; 13 Jan 2009 07:55:20 -0000
Received: from server123 ([126.96.36.199]) by anonymousspeech.com with
MailEnable ESMTP; Tue, 13 Jan 2009 15:55:13 +0800
Date: Tue, 13 Jan 2009 15:39:31 +0800
X-Mailer: Chilkat Software Inc (http://www.chilkatsoft.com)
X-Priority: 3 (Normal)
Subject: Re: Bitcoin v0.1 released
From: “Satoshi Nakamoto” <email@example.com>
The IP address 188.8.131.52 belongs to Piradius Net located at Malaysia. Anonymousspeech was using this server during that period.
Satoshi logged in to the Bitcoin forum for the last time on December 13, 2010. According to Gavin and others, he was in touch with the core development team till April 2011 using his firstname.lastname@example.org email.
April 2011, Satoshi said “I’ve moved on to other things. It’s in good hands with Gavin and everyone.
Who owns anonymousspeech.com and vistomail.com?
Anonymousspeech.com and Vistomail.com are owned by Michael Weber a resident of Switzerland. He was living in Japan during 2008 and now living in Mexico. He offers anonymous emails and domains as a business service. Payments can be made anonymously using Cash by mail, Money Gram, Paypal, transfer to swiss bank account. The business is still running and anyone can get anonymousspeech.com and vistomail.com email accounts.
Jan 2007 Wayback Machine reveals information about the service.
Secure Anonymous Email
The most important consideration for the majority of our clientele when sending anonymous secure email is his or her personal anonymity.
While other web-based email services will reveal your identity without reservation to an interested private party with money, AnonymousSpeech.com will not respond to inquiries made by foreign governments or private parties regarding the emails sent by its subscribers.
Any inquiries regarding the identity of our subscribers are ignored. We do not respond to any of them.
Located in Japan, AnonymousSpeech is governed by Japanese law and allowed to delete customer data legally from its servers.
By law AnonymousSpeech.com only reports to official Japanese government agencies. This makes it extremely expensive and troublesome for foreign private parties to obtain information about our subscribers.
Additionally, AnonymousSpeech.com protects itself and the identity of its subscribers with a legal protection insurance policy.
January 2016 Payment Page
June 2007 Whois of vistomail.com
Registrant: Michael Weber 2-27-17 Bld. Verute #203 Tokumaru Tokyo, Tokyo 175-0083 Japan Registered through: GoDaddy.com, Inc. (http://www.godaddy.com) Domain Name: VISTOMAIL.COM Created on: 27-Jul-06 Expires on: 27-Jul-08 Last Updated on: 28-Jul-06 Administrative Contact: Weber, Michael email@example.com 2-4-3 Ogikubo Tokyo, Tokyo 167-0052 Japan 09098044243 Fax -- Technical Contact: Weber, Michael firstname.lastname@example.org 2-4-3 Ogikubo Tokyo, Tokyo 167-0052 Japan 09098044243 Fax -- Domain servers in listed order: NS3.SECURESERVER.NET NS4.SECURESERVER.NET
2008 Whois of anonymousspeech.com
Registrant: AnonymousSpeech LLC AnonymousSpeech LLC 1-3-3 Sakura House Tokyo, Tokyo 1670052 Japan Registered through: GoDaddy.com, Inc. (http://www.godaddy.com) Domain Name: ANONYMOUSSPEECH.COM Created on: 09-Jun-06 Expires on: 09-Jun-10 Last Updated on: 17-May-08 Administrative Contact: AnonymousSpeech LLC, AnonymousSpeech LLC email@example.com 1-3-3 Sakura House Tokyo, Tokyo 1670052 Japan 8155396801 Fax -- Technical Contact: AnonymousSpeech LLC, AnonymousSpeech LLC firstname.lastname@example.org 1-3-3 Sakura House Tokyo, Tokyo 1670052 Japan 8155396801 Fax -- Domain servers in listed order: DNS1.CERVI.JP DNS2.CERVI.JP
- Satoshi was smart enough to use anonymous emails like anonymousspeech.com, vistomail.com from the very beginning.
- He registered the domain bitcoin.org using the same anonymous domain provider Michael Weber.
- Theymos, admin of bitcoin forum reveals Satoshi used Tor extensively to hide his IP address
- Hacker who stole satoshi’s gmx email recently could not identify Satoshi for the same reason. My best guess is, they were all Tor IP addresses OR Satoshi deleted all his old emails when he decided to quit.
These are the main reasons, no one was able to unmask Satoshi, the founder of bitcoin till date. He never revealed his name, never spoke anything about his personal life, never revealed his IP address while sending emails or logging into forum.
It all looks like a part of the plan from Day 1.
Conclusion – Satoshi can only be found using circumstantial evidence unless Michael Weber is willing to share the payment details of Satoshi for his anonymousspeech.com, vistomail emails and bitcoin.org domain. It is very unlikely that Michael would keep transaction records of 2008 considering his anonymous approach for his users. Even if he does, nothing could be done if Satoshi paid Michael via Cash by Mail or Money Gram.
Business Insider tries to pull Michael Weber