Russia’s security service is reportedly installing what has been dubbed “PRISM on steroids” so they can read and intercept all communications that will pass through their digital networks during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.
As the Christian Science Monitor notes, “visitors to the upcoming Sochi Winter Games will be able to access Internet services that are faster and more widely available than at any previous Olympics” for free, but “all that connectivity may come with a hidden price”:
Russia’s FSB security service is reportedly installing a sweeping and invasive surveillance system, which security experts have dubbed “PRISM on steroids,” to ensure that they will be able to intercept, read, and even filter every single digital communication passing through the city’s telephone and Internet networks during the Games.
Russian investigative journalists Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan have detailed these unprecedented measures on their security-oriented website Agentura.ru and in a weekend article for Britain’s Guardian newspaper.
PRISM is the National Security Agency’s surveillance program that came to light when Edward Snowden leaked information about the program.