Oct. 08--The Russian government has created an extensive surveillance network to keep tabs on athletes and spectators at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
The country's FSB security service is overseeing the effort, according to documents procured by a pair of journalists for the Russian website Agentura.ru.
Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan wrote that the telephone and wi-fi networks in the Black Sea resort have been significantly modified using SORM, which is Russia's system for intercepting phone and Internet traffic.
"In six years, Russia's use of SORM has skyrocketed," the website reported.
Newly installed equipment would allow the FSB to track telephone calls and data traffic, as well as target sensitive words appearing in emails, web chats and on social media, Soldatov and Borogan said.
Their report also stated that Russian authorities will make use of hundreds of airborne drones and thousands of cameras in public places.
The government has previously talked about the need for heightened security against terrorist threats during the Games, which begin on Feb. 7.
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