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What is man in the middle (MITM)? | How MITM Works



A man-in-the-middle attack is a type of eavesdropping attack, where attackers interrupt an existing conversation or data transfer. After inserting themselves in the “middle” of the transfer, the attackers pretend to be both legitimate participants. This enables an attacker to intercept information and data from either party while also sending malicious links or other information to both legitimate participants in a way that might not be detected until it is too late.
 The attacker can be a passive listener in your conversation, silently stealing your secrets, or an active participant, altering the contents of your messages, or impersonating the person/system you think you’re talking to. In many cases organizations are unaware their session and/or data has been tampered with until it is much too late. If a MITM attack is successful, organizations experience negative brand perception, reduced customers’ confidence and ultimately a damaged bottom line.
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