Being one of the largest darknet marketplaces at the time of takedown, Hansa enjoyed a fair share of market vendors and customers. What the investigators were after was not just a takedown but more of a takeover to humiliate darknet users. In their understanding, if they took full control of the market before the takedown, the level of trust in the darknet market would fall drastically, and at the same time, they would get a better understanding of the market’s operations.
Operation Bayonet was one of the most successful in the history of darknet market takedowns.
The takedown of Hansa Market had a significant impact on users who remain skeptical in registering and using darknet-based markets.