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Feb
22
comment Are “man in the middle” attacks extremely rare?
The original comment from Chris Dixon is confused. The big problem on the web today is eavesdropping not man-in-the-middle attacks. Said another way, the problem is that someone eavesdrops and figures out your Gmail/Hotmail/Yahoo! credentials then uses that to send spam behind your back not that they pretend to be Gmail/Hotmail/Yahoo! and you think you're sending an email but really you're typing your message on the attacker's server.
Feb
22
comment Are “man in the middle” attacks extremely rare?
The problem is with codinghorror's question in the first place. Encrypting data via SSL is a good way to prevent eavesdropping which is a problem. A man-in-the-middle attack is an overly sophisticated attack whereas someone sniffing your email/Facebook/Twitter password over wi-fi is an attack that can be done by anyone with minimal technical skills with a off-the-shelf software.
Feb
22
answered Are “man in the middle” attacks extremely rare?