Sounds pretty serious... They took down 'Hydra'? as a longtime comic book fan, Hydra is a Super Villain Bad Guy group in Marvel Comics, 'Captain America' specifically! You can't make this stuff up! Its good to see our government is on their toes. Reality is, the web IS like a 'Hydra' cut off one head and two more grow to take its place, its a futile game of 'whack a mole' for the most part.
I'm not sure the government really cares about all these dark web sites that they've been attacking (with the exception of TorMail). What they are primarily concerned with is the anonymous communication that takes place on the dark web, and the protection it affords whistle blowers. The government has gotten so used to having unfettered access to our communications via e-mail and social media, that it can't stand any hindrance to its ability to violate our privacy.
The true motive behind these raids, as I see it, is to justify and procure the resources necessary to wage a full scale war on the dark web.
There was a day when I would consider your comment ludicrous. While the issues they tackled in this take down are legitimate, I can't help but wonder if the bigger picture doesn't at least resemble your assumption.
oh look the government is trying to make themselves look good by attacking the things they create with their insane, evil and illegal laws... how... ordinary
not to mention the fact that they just took down the competition for the sites they didn't get... Power vacuum, anyone?
Since it can easily go back up in the onion. This means nothing.