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Man-in-the-middle attacks are, essentially, the modern form of old-fashioned eavesdropping. However, it’s not that simple — MitM attacks also include the use of content injection or alteration as well as other tactics. Here are some cybersecurity statistics relating to MitM attacks and methods:
95% of HTTPS servers vulnerable to MitM According to Netcraft, MitM attacks were thought to pose a threat to 95% of HTTPS servers in 2016
MitM attacks were involved in 35% of exploitations More than one-third of exploitation of inadvertent weaknesses involved MitM attacks, according to IBM’s X-Force Threat Intelligence Index 2018.
10% of companies implement HSTS Only 10% of companies have implemented HTTP Strict Transport Security (HSTS) for websites, according to research from W3Techs.
MITM attacks can be prevented by following the below-mentioned steps:
• Be mindful of the security of the website you are using. Use encryption on your devices.
• Refrain from using public Wi-Fi networks.