Russia Announces Contest to Crack Tor

The Russian interior ministry has made an offer of $110,000 to Russians who can crack the anonymity of Tor users (the anonymity network). The purpoted aim is to “ensure the country’s defence and security”. Tor was originally set up by the US Naval Research Laboratory and the US Department of Defense remains one of its biggest backers. LINK

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Google encrypts all emails for a spy-free Gmail

In a bid to stop snooping on its users, Google has overhauled its Gmail service in a big way – encrypting every single email you send or receive. Gmail now always uses an encrypted HTTPS connection when you check or send email and it can not be turned off. The effort is in the wake of the revelations made last year when National Security Agency (NSA) whistle-blower Edward Snowden revealed that the NSA had access to Google’s servers. LINK