WHAT IS MAN-IN-THE-MID­DLE (MITM) FRAUD

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - HTMETRO -

The man-in-the-mid­dle (MITM) fraud/at­tack is a type of cy­ber­crime, in which a fraud­ster se­cretly re­lays and al­ters com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween two par­ties through emails to make vic­tims be­lieve they are di­rectly com­mu­ni­cat­ing with each other The fraud­ster hacks into the of­fi­cial e-mail id of a com­pany, which is in pub­lic do­main, and gains in­for­ma­tion about the trans­ac­tions that are to be made in fu­ture with another com­pany Af­ter get­ting the re­quired in­for­ma­tion, for in­stance, in­voices of pre­vi­ous trans­ac­tions, the fraud­ster cre­ates a fake e-mail id sim­i­lar to the of­fi­cial e-mail id of ben­e­fi­ciary com­pany and asks for money to be de­liv­ered to a new bank ac­count

In­sider could also leak in­for­ma­tion to hack­ers

ac­cused hacked the email id of the client com­pany. Af­ter read­ing and copy­ing the con­tents of the in­voice sent by the Mum­baibased firm, the ac­cused deleted it. The ac­cused then cre­ated a new email id, iden­ti­cal to that of the Mum­bai firm.”

“Us­ing the fake email id, the fraud­ster sent an email to the client com­pany with the same con­tents, but a dif­fer­ent bank ac­count. The money was then trans­ferred by the client into the ac­cused’s bank ac­count,” the of­fi­cer said.

Of­fi­cers from the BKC cy­ber cell have ad­vised the client com­pany to file a com­plaint with the lo­cal po­lice in MP.

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