comScore

Was It Bane Again? The Best Twitter Conspiracy Theories About NYSE Trade Halt

Operations at United Airlines, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Stock Exchange and came to a grinding halt Wednesday morning after a series of technical difficulties brought all three organizations to their knees. The NYSE gave a statement that all open orders have been canceled until a gateway can be reestablished, which is expected to come back online at around 3 P.M.

The Department of Homeland Security and other figures have denied so far that the incident was a result of hackers or outside attacks, but that has not stopped the Internet from coming up with its own theories and explanations for whats happening.

One of the most popular theories has been that Bane from the Batman/Dark Knight film trilogy is up to his old tricks.

For those who are unfamiliar, Bane was the primary antagonist in The Dark Knight Rises, where he hacks the stock market as part of his plan to destroy Gotham City. For context, you can watch the whole scene here, courtesy of Warner Brothers:

Once the connection was made, the Internet quickly got on board.

Beyond comic book villains coming to life, conspiracy theorists have also pointed their fingers at the usual suspects:

A follow-up attack to the hacking of the Department of Personnel Management? It is a plausible enough conclusion to turn a few heads.

Coincidence? Maybe, maybe not, however Anonymous did advise their followers later to follow the advice of Steve Carell.

Others have wondered whether this is a sign of the inevitable rise of artificial intelligences, and the beginning of human enslavement and annihilation.

Of course, some used the panic to make up their own jokes. Some were political.

Some made references of their own:

Sometimes, however, the best solutions are the simplest ones.

[Image via Screengrab]

Have a tip we should know? [email protected]

Filed Under:

Follow Mediaite: