Hansa Market Shut Down by Dutch Authorities

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Hansa taken over by Dutch police weeks ago and now shutdown.

The United States and other international agencies have managed to shut down two major

drug markets on the dark web within the last few weeks. First, AlphaBay and now Hansa Market.

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Earlier this month, law enforcement seized operations for AlphaBay, which was known to sell virtually every category of drugs along with illegal services and content like stolen credit card information and other such activities on the dark web.

Now, the other shoe has also dropped with the takedown of the Hansa Market, a site which emerged to widespread popularity after the downfall of AlphaBay.

The Netherlands-based market saw an influx of new customers as a result of AlphaBay’s closure—so many, in fact, that the site had to temporarily halt new registrations in order to accommodate for the increase in traffic. The registration portal reopened almost a week later.

But it has now been revealed that Hansa Market was actually seized by Dutch law enforcement weeks ago, and the authorities have been running the site as an undercover operation the whole time.

While the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation was working on the AlphaBay shut down, Dutch investigators decided to take action on Hansa Market as well, knowing there would be a rise in membership from AlphaBay “refugees.” They were able to seize Hansa’s servers in Lithuania and receive access to the site’s database.

From there, they oversaw operations as usual while quietly gathering information of vendors and buyers to eventually learn their identity.

The market engaged in trading of drugs, hacking software as well as other illegal goods and services. About 1,000 orders were being placed every day for 40,000 ads, with more than 50,000 transactions taking place. This is all since the authorities started monitoring the site.

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Starting with AlphaBay

When AlphaBay was closed down, it targeted around 40,000 vendors marketing illegal

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Alphabay was shutdown by the Feds.

drugs to more than 200,000 customers.

According to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, many Americans had died from overdoses while using drugs sold on AlphaBay. The said market was about ten times larger than The Silk Road, another infamous market shut down by the FBI in October 2013.

Stampede to Hansa

The Dutch police were able to identify criminal activities occurring in Hansa.

They were also able to identify the new users of the market

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Dutch Police made Hansa a honey pot after seizing it weeks ago.

who had migrated from AlphaBay and were looking for a new trading spot on the dark web to conduct their criminal activities.

A statement from Europol disclosed that several buyers and sellers on AlphaBay started to flock towards Hansa market. It was noted that there was an eight-fold increase in the number of users in the market, following the shutdown of AlphaBay.

Like bees running towards a honey pot, the transactions processed in Hansa rose from 1,000 to 8,000 when AlphaBay was shut down.

The Dutch police have been able to identify the usernames and the passwords of several buyers and sellers of illegal commodities. Europol and partnering agencies are following up the information with investigations.

The FBI, Europol, as well as authorities in Lithuania and Germany are collaborating in the investigation.

According to reports, the FBI and the Dutch police are following leads for other markets on the dark web, making use of the passwords recovered from AlphaBay and Hansa in order to hack into the vendors’ accounts in several other markets.

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Given the sheer amount of power these agencies hold, it is expected that several arrests will be made in the coming weeks and months. And it’s possible other dark web site takedowns will also occur.

Battle Over Dark Web Only Beginning

After an unexpectedly turbulent month in the darknet market realm, online discussion from members of that community conclude that this battle might be won, but the war is still not over.

half blue half red background with dark web vs law enforces written on itLaw enforcement agencies might have cleverly shut down these illegal markets on the dark web, but it’s only a matter of time for another drug market to open up and step in to fill the gap left by these two site. This is often the case after a major shutdown.

Sellers on the dark web normally use the same nicknames for different marketplaces. This is because they have already built up a customer base with the quality of their services in earlier markets. But after the recent takedowns, it is not likely that this practice will continue.

Vendors now realize it’s imperative that they leave their old identities behind and begin afresh at other darknet markets in the future—so they can cover their tracks and safeguard their identities.

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20 COMMENTS

  1. Curious, why are Hansa and Alpha Bay still listed as being “up/online” here on this page? Is this page a set-up too?

  2. It’s not the markets fualt for OD’s, people would OD off street drugs too. Some people are just stupid and are wreckless about their doses. I find drugs off the net even safer because you know exactly what your getting and the purity/ cut bullshit isn’t there if you go through the right vendor.

  3. Through necessity comes invention and innovation. Stay tuned for the Quantum Onion Web. Data that moves at light speed, authentication protocols that preclude hacking, true anonymity for the next generation of computing. Now if we could just take the alphabet agencies out of the loop,..

  4. Now is indeed the time to take a stand. This silent war just became serious. You have to understand that we are the ones who are aware of the freedom that is taken from us. We need to bust this golden cage they set above us. Governments are only powerful because we give them this power. We are the legion and together we can win this. Our brains and creativity is by far stronger than any law enforcement agency on this planet. The numbers of brothers and sisters that they claim to down is a hoax. The governments greatest trick is teaching us the wrong things to make it easy for them. Do your research and be thorough when you do, be patient and careful. We don’t need violence to win this, just the right spirited people. Be strong be just, do as ye will.

    • Yes you’re right man .I don’t believe most of the stuff the government announced anyways. They are the biggest liars and hypocrytes and try to make us panic and back up down. But it’s not working! This is a war for FREEDOM. Thst is the truth. Everybody should be free to live their life the way the choose. Also in the darknet markets the customer are able to get way cleaner drugs that minimoze health riscs and it’s safer as well if you just take some things in mind like VPN etc. I will continue my fight because I believe in this and rebel. We need a revolution and true justice and need to show our fighting spirit. Because they can’t ever stop us we are more and stronger it’s only a matter of time for change to come…

    • You are affecting only yourself by using , you should be able to do anything to yourself if you want ,this is what freedom means. Government is just bunch of stupid populists elected by ignorant people.

  5. The “American deaths from drug overdose from drugs bought on the dark web” is total B.S. Not one word is uttered about the thousands of American deaths each year from overdose of prescription drugs, which is orders of magnitude greater problem than illicit drugs.

  6. Its all the eggs in one basket problem…markets need to limit subscribers! This leads to more markets which defeats the LEA’s ability to attack one particular market…it’s just a thought.

    • What you said! But human greed too often overrides common sense. ‘Just one more’ is an almost uncontrollable motivator, and bragging rights around the right people can be as desirable as financial profit.

  7. Now is the time for us all to band together and start standing against these hypocrites and their seizures of our markets. They are just furious they cannot regulate and profit from such a lucrative business. But we are far stronger and our numbers far greater than these bastards will ever be. Don’t forget be vigilant and don’t let your guard down.

  8. Buyer Beware! The police culture that dominates the modern world works to arrest those that break laws instituted to accentuate inequities, like the drug and medical laws that keep chemical relief from millions, and alliances with bankers, in order to rob the prisoner of their credit. These markets can feed rich cops (yeah, there are rich cops) all that credit you built up at the bank working your whole life to pay your bills the minute the judge sends you to prison. It’s sad, it’s a racket. People had better watch their backs when they use the DM!

  9. I wonder where the investigation gets its information from claiming overdose related deaths from online drug trade. Clearly propaganda.

    • In the US, overdose deaths are reported by the physicians who sign the death reports. None of the reports identify whether the drugs taken by the deceased were legally prescribed or obtained on the black market. Sessions’ conclusions about the online drug trade are complete guesswork.

  10. I have heard many more lies than truth from politicians in my 75 (almost 76) years. Sessions’ claim of overdose deaths from web-purchased drugs is more likely to be one of them than not. How does the a.g. know this? Have they done research? Undoubtedly not. But lying is not my main criticism. He is a criminal in “official” clothing. It is a crime against humanity to pursue a drug war that has been such a terrible failure, has hurt so many and has cost so many billions that could have been spent on the people instead of against them. Sessions will probably be responsible for jailing peaceful people who are more honest than him. These people will probably wind up in for profit prisons and, as we have seen so far, we now have a “for profit” administration.

  11. It appears the dark net is no longer dark at all—what’s the use of it if it can be exploited by the very people it was designed to avoid?

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