Hansa

WARNING: Hansa is a dead site, either no longer in operation or taken down by law enforcement. For your safety it is not recommended to access the site at this time.

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During the large-scale AlphaBay investigation that eventually lead to their demise, a separate investigation was being conducted in the Netherlands about a marketplace called Hansa.

The law enforcement officers conducting the investigation made a break in their case, and were able to copy the contents of the hard drives used for the Hansa servers. This lead them to finding the identities of the operators of Hansa at the time. Their plan was to take over and operate the Hansa market to gather evidence about the users of the site. Arrests were made and the servers were successfully taken over.

In the wake of the AlphaBay takedown, former AlphaBay buyers and sellers flooded the Hansa marketplace, so much so that the Dutch police had to close registration to stabilize the servers hosting the site.

As the secret operators of Hansa, Dutch law enforcement launched a massive surveillance operation through the site, logging plaintext passwords, stealing what were intended to be encrypted messages through an on-page PGP encryption tool meant for user convenience, logging image metadata before stripping it for display on the marketplace listings, and performing social engineering attacks specifically on the Hansa sellers.

It can be said that Hansa was the most successful it had ever been, although the original operators were not lucky enough to see it happen. A month after the AlphaBay takedown, the Dutch police put up a seizure notice on the Hansa page and left their former customers a chilling message:

"We trace people who are at Dark Markets and offer illicit goods or services. Are you one of them? You have our attention."

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WARNING: Hansa is a dead site, either no longer in operation or taken down by law enforcement. For your safety it is not recommended to access the site at this time.

Tor Marketplace

During the large-scale AlphaBay investigation that eventually lead to their demise, a separate investigation was being conducted in the Netherlands about a marketplace called Hansa.

The law enforcement officers conducting the investigation made a break in their case, and were able to copy the contents of the hard drives used for the Hansa servers. This lead them to finding the identities of the operators of Hansa at the time. Their plan was to take over and operate the Hansa market to gather evidence about the users of the site. Arrests were made and the servers were successfully taken over.

In the wake of the AlphaBay takedown, former AlphaBay buyers and sellers flooded the Hansa marketplace, so much so that the Dutch police had to close registration to stabilize the servers hosting the site.

As the secret operators of Hansa, Dutch law enforcement launched a massive surveillance operation through the site, logging plaintext passwords, stealing what were intended to be encrypted messages through an on-page PGP encryption tool meant for user convenience, logging image metadata before stripping it for display on the marketplace listings, and performing social engineering attacks specifically on the Hansa sellers.

It can be said that Hansa was the most successful it had ever been, although the original operators were not lucky enough to see it happen. A month after the AlphaBay takedown, the Dutch police put up a seizure notice on the Hansa page and left their former customers a chilling message:

"We trace people who are at Dark Markets and offer illicit goods or services. Are you one of them? You have our attention."