Man-In-The-Middle attack is the type of attack where attackers intrude into an existing connection to intercept the exchanged data and inject false information. It involves eavesdropping on a connection, intruding into a connection, intercepting messages, and selectively modifying data.
The term “Man-in-the-middle attack” (MITM attack) refers to the type of attack where the attacker intrudes into the communication between the endpoints on a network to inject false information and intercept the data transferred between them.
- MITM attack is also known as:
- Bucket-brigade attack
- Fire brigade attack
- Monkey-in-the-middle attack
- Session hijacking
- TCP hijacking
- TCP session hijacking
- Name Origin: The name “Man-in-the-Middle” is derived from the basketball scenario where two players intend to pass a ball to each other while one player between them tries to seize it. MITM attacks are sometimes referred to as “bucket brigade attacks” or “fire brigade attacks.” Those names are derived from the fire brigade operation of dousing off the fire by passing buckets from one person to another between the water source and the fire