Report: Olympic Destroyer malware a false flag operation

US big air athelete Kyle Mack competes at the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games. Photo Franck Fife/AFP via Getty Images

Researchers at Kaspersky Lab found evidence that the Olympic Destroyer malware, which briefly downed Pyeongchang systems in advance of this year's olympics opening ceremonies, was a false flag operation trying to pin the attacks on North Korea. The security firm presented the research at its yearly conference, the Security Analyst Summit, on Thursday.

Why it matters: Attribution is a tricky business with real consequences. If the U.S. was to incorrectly attribute the attacks to North Korea, that could mean sanctions, war or a host of undesirable outcomes.