The bitcoin community has hit full-force with their kindness once again. If a massive donation drive to benefit Dorian Nakamoto, the man pegged by Newsweek as the Satoshi Nakamoto (you know, the one who created bitcoin) wasn’t enough, the community has turned to help Hal Finney.
Hal Finney was one of the first few users to embrace the bitcoin technology. He was extremely active in helping make the technology better, but has been suffering from ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) — a terminal disease which affects muscle usage.
Andy Greenberg of Forbes decided to start a fundraiser to help Finney and his family (Finney’s wife, Fran, has been taking care of him full-time in his failing health).
As of this weekend, donations have exceeded $10,000 USD, or 23 BTC at the current exchange rate.
— Andy Greenberg (@a_greenberg) April 7, 2014
Donations continue to come in, which is certainly great as the money will go a long way for the Finneys.
Dorian Nakamoto, to date, has received upwards of 47 BTC, which converts to approximately $21,000. Andreas Antonopoulos started the fundraiser as an “we’re sorry for this” on behalf of the whole community. Antonopoulous told me he’ll be giving Nakamoto the funds in-person when he is in the Los Angeles area.
Nakamoto has consistently denied being the creator of bitcoin, as Leah McGrath Goodman (the author of the Newsweek piece) made him out to be.