During the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics, a number of South Korean computers were hacked prior to the opening ceremony. A report following the event from two U.S. officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity states that this was a Russian false-flag operation designed to look like it was done by North Koreans.
Russian military spies hacked several hundred computers used by authorities at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in South Korea, according to U.S. intelligence.
They did so while trying to make it appear as though the intrusion was conducted by North Korea, what is known as a “false-flag” operation, said two U.S. officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss a sensitive matter.
Analysts surmise the disruption was retaliation against the International Olympic Committee for banning the Russian team from the Winter Games due to doping violations. No officials from Russia’s Olympic federation were allowed to attend, and while some athletes were permitted to compete under the designation “Olympic Athletes from Russia,” they were unable to display the Russian flag on their uniforms and, if they won medals, their country’s anthem was not played.
Assuming that the allegations are true, what might Russia gain by making it look like North Korea hacked computers for the Olympics?
It doesn't look like it does anything to resolve the issue with being banned due to doping violations. Is it just to make South Korea look bad because they didn't have their security together and shift blame to another party? Or is there another gain for Russia?