Edward Snowden Reveals He’s The Mastermind Behind Zcash.May 5, 2022 11:17 am
It’s official the mastermind of the privacy cryptocurrency Zcash has been revealed and the creator is none other than Edward Snowden.
Way back in 2016, the privacy cryptocurrency Zcash was created by a group of six developers and one of the developers went online by the pseudonym John Dobbertin.
Well now in a new leaked video from Zcash Media Dobberstein has been revealed as Edward Snowden.
Snowden is best known as the former NSA consultant who became a whistleblower when he leaked data revealing the United States government was spying on its citizens.
NEW: Edward Snowden reveals he was involved in the creation of the privacy coin Zcash pic.twitter.com/cDa94Ub13E
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Back in 2016, six people played a key role in the creation of a cryptocurrency called Zcash. One of the six participants, who operated online under the pseudonym John Dobbertin, remained unknown—until now.
Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency consultant and notable whistleblower, revealed himself to be Dobbertin in a leaked video from Zcash Media, a group making educational videos about Zcash.
“I saw [Zcash] being worked on by a number of trusted academic cryptographers and I thought it was a very interesting project,” Snowden said in the video, which was first reported by Forbes.
Zcash is known as a privacy coin, because it uses zero-knowledge proofs, or cryptography that hides details—including addresses, amounts and other data—of cryptocurrency transactions. Zero-knowledge proofs allow Zcash transactions to be validated on its blockchain while keeping most aspects of the transaction invisible to the public.
Pretty crazy that Snowden was one of the participants in ZCash's trusted setup 🤯
Then again, it seems only fitting that one of the world's most well known privacy advocates, had a role in privacy coin's creation… pic.twitter.com/u4vSZt7BDV
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