If you think you are ever anonymous, then the recent takedown of Deep Web markets Alphabay and Hansa should dispell you of the myth. The Deep Web is not a safe space and has been infiltrated by government agents. Now, after the fall of of Alphabay and Hansa, another lage Deep Web marketplace, Dream Market, is rumored to be in the state crosshairs.
By now you might be aware of the took down of two of the largest online dark websites—AlphaBay and Hansa—in what’s being called the largest-ever international operation against the dark web’s black market conducted by the FBI, DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency) and Dutch National Police.
But the interesting aspect of the takedown was that the federal authorities shut down AlphaBay, but took control of the Hansa market and kept it running for at least a month in an effort to monitor the activities of its visitors.
The visitors of Hansa market also included a massive flood of Alphabay refugees, as the seizer of AlphaBay Market forced their visitors to join the Hansa market for illegal trading and purchasing.
However, not just Hansa, after AlphaBay’s shutdown, many of its users also joined another website known as Dream Market, which is believed to be the second-largest dark web marketplace, ahead of Hansa.
After the shutdown of both AlphaBay and Hansa, Dream Market has emerged as the leading player, but now some Reddit users on several “r/Dream_Market” threads have expressed concerns about the Dream Market, which has been in business since 2013.
One Reddit user said that Dream Market has been compromised in a similar manner as Hansa and is already under police control.
“I got contacted by an ex-Hansa staff member telling me that the operation is apparently bigger than we currently assume, that ‘there will be a bloodbath, a purge’ and that ‘any vendor on HANSA should immediately seize his operation, lawyer up and hide his trails’,” the Reddit user post read.
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After takedown of AlphaBay and Hansa, dark web users suspect that “Dream Market” has also been backdoored by law enforcement agencies