If Russia doesn't invade Ukraine with troops, it could still launch a cyberattack

With U.S. troops on heightened alert and NATO forces on standby, fears of a Russian invasion of Ukraine remain. But even if Putin doesn’t send troops in, he could still launch a crippling cyberattack.

ASMA KHALID, HOST:

U.S. troops are on heightened alert. Russian soldiers are in Belarus. And Ukrainian civilians are taking up arms. All signs suggest the situation in Eastern Europe is not cooling down any time soon. But even if Russian President Vladimir Putin does not invade Ukraine, he could still launch a crippling cyberattack.

NPR’s cybersecurity correspondent Jenna McLaughlin joins us now to talk about that possibility. Welcome,

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