Man-in-the-middle attack – everything you need to know to perform it

Man-in-the-middle attack (MITM) is in fact eavesdropping – a cyberattack where the attacker secretly relays and possibly alters the communications between two parties who believe that they are directly communicating with each other – either to eavesdrop or to impersonate one or both of the parties, making it appear as if a normal exchange of information is underway.

What is the goal?

For example to steal information, for example login credentials, account details and credit card numbers.

How can it happen?

A man-in-the-middle attack requires three players. The victim, the entity with which the victim is trying to communicate, and the “man in the middle,” who’s intercepting the victim’s communications. Of course, the victim isn’t aware of the man in the middle.

Do you know that most of the time we are delivering penetration tests, we are actually using the Man-in-the-middle attack to achieve something? Find out more in the video above.

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