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Home of suspected bitcoin creator raided

By Reuters in Sydney | China Daily | Updated: 2015-12-10 08:00

 Home of suspected bitcoin creator raided

Australian Federal Police officers walk down the driveway after searching the home of Craig Steven Wright, probable creator of the digital currency bitcoin, in Sydney, Australia, on Wednesday. David Gray / Reuters

Australian police raided on Wednesday the Sydney home and office of a man named by Wired magazine as the probable bitcoin creator and holder of hundreds of millions of dollars' worth of the virtual currency, witnesses said.

More than a dozen federal police officers entered a house registered on the electoral roll to Craig Steven Wright, whom Wired outed as the likely real identity of Satoshi Nakamoto, the pseudonymous figure that first released bitcoin's code in 2009.

Locksmiths broke open the door of the property, in a suburb on Sydney's north shore. When asked what they were doing, one officer told a Reuters reporter they were "clearing the house".

A reporter who approached an office listed as the location of two of Wright's registered businesses, DeMorgan Ltd and Panopticrypt Pty Ltd, in another Sydney suburb, was turned away by police with one officer saying: "There's an operation going on at the moment. I can't answer any questions."

Several police officers could be seen speaking with workers inside.

The identity of Satoshi Nakamoto has long been a mystery that journalists and bitcoin enthusiasts have tried to unravel.

The police raids in Australia came hours after Wired magazine and technology website Gizmodo published articles saying that their investigations showed Wright, an entrepreneur and academic, was most probably the secretive bitcoin creator.

However, the Australian Federal Police said in a statement that the officers' "presence at Mr Wright's property is not associated with the media reporting overnight about bitcoins".

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