The Silk Road is closed
The US Federal Government shutdown has closed many “nonessential” services, but the criminal justice system is chugging along, and has outed “Dread Pirate Roberts” as one Ross William Ulbricht, and charged him with narcotics trafficking, hacking, and money laundering. It was fun while it lasted, Bitcoin!
ETA: According to some dude on reddit, “It looks like they sniffed him out by looking back at old Internet records (forum posts, IPs etc) around the times of SRs appearance. The first person to ever advertise SR was DPR himself, and he used an email account attached to his natural born identity. No NSA or technical hack.”