>> Cyber attack investigations just got more complicated. Take the so called Olympic destroyer, a computer virus used to attack the PyeongChang winter games. Researchers reported on Thursday that the bug was embedded with fake digital fingerprints, which made it look like the work of North Korean hackers. It's a digital version of what spies call a false flag operation when one country or group uses its agents to frame a different country for a crime.
The report on the Olympic hack is coming from the cyber security firm, Kaspersky Lab at a conference in Cancun Mexico. It's not the first time a hacker has tried to frame a country, but it's much more sophisticated than in the past when a hacker may have inserted a Chinese language code or compiled a malware using a Russian version of Windows to implicate those countries.
In this case, false flags were put into a portion of the code making it difficult to detect. The attack temporarily took out the Olympic website, preventing some people from printing tickets and knocked out Wi-Fi used by reporters covering the games. Authorities haven't identified any suspects. At a time of heightened tensions on the Korean Peninsula who would launch a cyber attack and blame it on Pyongyang.
Kaspersky researchers don't know who was behind the hack, but are certain that fake digital fingerprints were inserted to point the finger at Lazarus. A group linked to North Korea and that Lazarus isn't the hacker.