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What are Man in the Middle Attacks & How to Prevent MITM Attack With Examples
What is a Man in the Middle Attack? How Does it Work? A Man-in-the-Middle (MITM) attack happens when a hacker inserts themselves between a user and a website. This kind of attack comes in several forms. For example, a fake banking website may be used to capture financial login information. The fake site is “in the middle” between the user and the actual bank website. Attackers have many different reasons and methods for using a MITM attack. Typically, they’re trying to steal something, like credit card numbers or user login credentials. Sometimes they’re snooping on private conversations, which might include trade secrets or other valuable information. One thing that almost all attacks have in common is the bad guy is pretending to be someone (or a website) you trust. Types of Man-in-the Middle Attacks Wi-Fi Eavesdropping. If you’ve ever used a laptop in a coffee shop, you may have noticed a pop-up that says “This network is not secure.” Public wi-fi is usually provided “as-is,” with no guarantees over the quality of service.
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