'PRISM on steroids': Russia amps up surveillance ahead of Olympics

A picture taken in Moscow on October 6, 2013, shows Russia's President Vladimir Putin holding a torch during a ceremony to mark the start of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic torch relay across Russia.

There has been plenty of news about massive online surveillance originating in the U.S. Recently. So what about other huge surveillance programs around the globe? Turns out in Russia, the FSB, its national security service, is updating its powers to listen in on huge amounts of internet data ahead of the 2014 Olympics. Molly Wood of CNET says the country has always had far-reaching surveillance powers, but the latest update is a big one.

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Molly Wood is a veteran technology broadcaster, podcaster, host and writer. As an executive editor at CNET, she was the creator, host and executive producer of "Always On with Molly Wood."

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