Tor network used to hide 900 botnets and darknet markets, says Kaspersky Lab. "Tor has long had its dark side but the scale of its use by criminals appears to have expanded quite rapidly in the last year," Computerworld reports.
Setback for Apple: U.S. judge denies renewed bid for permanent injunction against Samsung. "Early on Thursday, Judge Lucy Koh of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California somewhat surprisingly denied a renewed motion for a permanent injunction against Samsung that Apple had filed in December," according to FOSS Patents.
The government is dropping the hyperlink charges against Barrett Brown. "The charges," writes the Switch's own Andrea Peterson, "raised broader First Amendment issues: Are journalists complicit in a crime when they point people to illicit information?"
U.S. congressman launches satirical bid to ban the dollar. "Polis wrote that 'the exchange of dollar bills, including high denomination bills, is currently unregulated and has allowed users to participate in illicit activity,' mirroring similar statements made by [Sen. Joe] Manchin about bitcoin," according to Coindesk.