man-in-the-middle attack


An attack in which a criminal hacker intercepts traffic sent between a victim's computer and a website, e.g. a financial institution, in order to steal information such as login details or to manipulate the data in some way. The victim will often be unaware of the attack, allowing it to defeat security measures that rely on more than just passwords to grant entry to an account.

Last updated: 2022-04-06

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