updated 07:02 pm EDT, Tue May 14, 2013
Reasoning for court ordered shutdown unclear
According to OKCupid founder Chris Coyne, Bitcoin exchange site Mt. Gox has seen its access to payment service Dwolla shut down by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Coyne posted the email he received from Dwolla, stating that due to the order by the arm of the US Government, Dwolla cannot complete the ordered transfer to the exchange.
Dwolla told Betabeat that the payment service is "not party" to the matter, and is reacting to the DHS order. "the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland issued a 'Seizure Warrant' for the funds associated with Mutum Sigillium's Dwolla account (Mt. Gox)," said the representative.
"In light of the court order, procured by the Department of Homeland Security, Dwolla has ceased all account activities associated with Dwolla services for Mutum Sigillum while Dwolla's holding partner transferred Mutum Sigillium's balance, per the warrant."
Mt. Gox responded to the email, by saying that "we can see that the Dwolla transactions are not getting processed right now. We will contact Dwolla and post an announcement regarding this. Your patience is appreciated till then."