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Bitcoiner claims to have discovered long-lost Satoshi BTC code

Blasko said in an Oct. 7 Facebook post that he discovered code dating back before Satoshi went public with Bitcoin by utilizing browser hacking on the open-source software development site SourceForge.



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A crypto enthusiast named Jim Blasko claims to have discovered 

The oldest known uploaded copy of Satoshi's Bitcoin code, which was initially uploaded in August 2009.

Blasko said in an Oct. 7 Facebook post that he discovered code dating back before Satoshi went public with Bitcoin by utilizing browser hacking on open-source software development site SourceForge, where the cryptocurrency was registered in November 2008. 

He went on to say that it took the BTC founder six months to mine one million coins since block 20,000 didn't arrive until July 22nd, 2009, and others, like Hal Finney, were also mining.

“This specific upload was assumed to have been lost for at least ten years. However, after conducting research on some old coins I made, I went to and, with a little browser hacking, I discovered the missing Bitcoin v0.1 raw data and files,” said Blasko. 

According to Blasko, since 2012, it was assumed that the raw code and data had vanished after being scraped from the search engine for some reason. The Bitcoiner further performed some research and was able to locate the original code.

As per the links provided by Blasko, Satoshi's personal notations included comments on why Bitcoin utilized base-58 encoding rather than normal base-64 encoding and questions about what to do about future problems.

base-58 encoding

Following Satoshi's release of the cryptocurrency's white paper in 2008, the first Bitcoin block — the Genesis Block — was mined on January 3, 2009. Many in the ecosystem continue to speculate about Satoshi's identity, with the pseudonymous founder being remembered with statues, papers, memes, and non-fungible tokens.

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