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Internet-scale 'man in the middle' attack disclosed

Postby TeMerc » Fri Oct 17, 2008 2:37 pm

Posted by Robert Vamosi

In Black Hat's October Webinar on Thursday, Anton Kapela, datacenter manager at 5Nines Data, spoke about Internet-scale "man in the middle" attacks.

The talk reprised a last-minute substitution presentation he gave along with Alexander Pilosov at this year's Defcon conference in August. During the conference, the two researchers intercepted all conference Internet traffic at the Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas and ran it through their servers. According to Black Hat founder and director Jeff Moss, most attendees didn't realizing this was being done.

"This is an emergent vulnerability," said Kapela in the Webinar. "It only becomes apparent in thousands of networks, not one." He took effort to explain that this is really a condition of the Internet today. "I'm not talking about any particular failing, or vendor implementation. This is something that happens because we're using it all," he said.

nwz Continued @ CNET


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