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An aggressive act meant to harm and be dangerous. Attacks can remain secret or they can have warnings or signals before they occur, else they may just occur without warning for anyone to see. Forensic analysis is sometimes used to determine the cause or method of attack.

In computers, it is any action that compromises the security of information or the integrity of data. May often involve a search for a weakness or vulnerability or produce a fatal software error.

A classic attack technique is the brute force method. A “Man-In-The-Middle Attack” is when can either be eavesdropping on an existing connection, or interposing oneself in the middle of a connection exchanging data.

Methods or examples of attack

Active Attack forms

Passive Attack forms

Methods of blocking attacks

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