Sochi Games Present Hacking Minefield | VOA – Voice of America English News

File - The Olympic rings are cast in shadow as the sun sets behind the Bolshoy Ice Palace as preparations continue at the Olympic Park for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Feb. 3, 2014.

File – The Olympic rings are cast in shadow as the sun sets behind the Bolshoy Ice Palace as preparations continue at the Olympic Park for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Feb. 3, 2014.

The U.S. State Department is warning Americans traveling to the Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, not to expect much in the way of privacy.

Specifically, the State Department says travelers should not expect privacy when using electronic devices because of the „System for Operative Investigative Activities,“ commonly known as „SORM,“ law.

That law, according to the State Department, “permits the monitoring, retention and analysis of all data that traverses Russian communications networks, including fax transmissions, telephone calls, internet browsing and e-mail messaging.”

Russia is also a hotspot for criminal hackers who have proved very adept at stealing information from electronic devices.

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