Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Russia's Herculean Feat - Eavesdrop on All Olympic Communications

Russia is preparing to monitor the communications of athletes and others taking part in the Sochi Winter Olympics at an unprecedented level, according to official documents.

Government tender documents indicate all communications equipment at the Black Sea resort will be tapped, including wi-fi and mobile phone networks, to allow eavesdropping through the Russian SORM (System for Operative Investigative Activities) interception system, The Guardian reported.

Documents seen by Russian journalists Andrei Soldatov and Irinia Borogan point to deep packet inspection (DPI) being used to filter all communications around Sochi, with intelligence agencies being able to sort these, search for keywords and identify and monitor people.

The monitoring plans were discovered on the Russian government Zakupki ("purchases") procurement agency website. By law, all Russian government agencies must buy equipment through Zakupki. This includes the country's intelligence agencies. (more)