U.S., NATO Allies Prepare for Possible Russian Cyber Attack Over Ukraine

White House national security adviser Anne Neuberger is in Europe, talking with NATO allies about the possibility of a Russian cyber attack in retaliation to sanctions over Ukraine.

Ukrainian officials already blame Russia for targeting computers of government agencies last month, accusing the Kremlin of waging "a hybrid war."

"If they target some of our power plants, our medical facilities, any of the infrastructure we need to survive, they could cripple this country, which would be an act of war," says terrorism expect Jeff Addicott at St. Mary's School of Law in San Antonio.

Russia also has the ability to sever global internet cables.

"We have no idea what will happen in terms of the banking systems. They're all connected throughout the region and throughout the world."

Addicott says only China is a bigger cyber security threat than Russia at this point.

"The fact that Russians are able to do these types of activities, and if we return in kind, it could cause a crippling avalanche of unintended consequences all across Europe and all across the world."

He says this is why the U.S. and its allies have to tread carefully when it comes to Russia.

Saint Basil cathedral at Moscow

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