For two weeks, users of online drugs marketplace Silk Road have been unable to log in to the site more often than not, reporting timeouts, missing catchpas and other technical difficulties. Millions of dollars in Bitcoin has been inaccessible to the site’s thousands of members and trading has halted.
The reactions of the community have run the gamut from hopeful acceptance to threats of violence against the site’s owner, admins and other random anonymous people. Amazon has stocked up on pitchforks and tinfoil hats as speculation on the forum has reached fever pitch.
Here are five of the theories for its temporary demise, in one easily-digestible blog: