What is a man-in-the-middle attack?
A man-in-the-middle-attack (MITM) is an attack where the attacker stands between two communicating parties and falsifies their addresses with each other.
Common types of man-in-the-middle attacks
You risk an MITM attack the most when you connect to a public network. We’ve talked about the MITM attack caused by a public WiFi in our previous articles. It is possibly the easiest way to put a man-in-the-middle attack. Be careful about any public wireless networks.
The second most common entry point for MITM attacks is malware. If you are not careful, you may install malware that is able to monitor and modify your internet connections. The application can monitor all your connections and allow MITM attacks.
Very often your email accounts are targeted by MITM attackers because they only care for your money. Once getting between you and the recipient, they will fool you to collect your information and steal your money.
An attacker may also steal your browser cookies and stand between you and the websites. These cookies contain a lot of your personal information including login information. Attackers would get access to other accounts and pose threats to your privacy.
What are the risks of man-in-the-middle attacks?
Imagine, the postman takes a look at the love letter you just wrote and modify a few sentences maliciously. What would you think?
Similarly, when you attempt to connect to a server, the attacker intercepts the request and establishes an independent and legitimate connection to the server. The data transmitted between you and the server are unencrypted and can be collected by the attacker.
In this way, your sensitive information is disclosed to the hackers, which results in great losses. Think about your banking account, your payment account and other private information and you will know how serious consequences would an MITM attack brings.
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