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Google Chrome to include protection from man-in-the-middle attacks

Google Chrome. (Source: Google)
Google Chrome. (Source: Google)
Google Chrome 63 will come with a feature designed to protect users from third parties who are attempting to intercept their encrypted SSL transmissions.

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Sasha Perigo, a former Google Intern, has developed a man-in-the-middle (MitM) attack protection mechanism which will be integrated into Google Chrome from version 63. A MitM attack is where a person or an automated piece of software attempts to route another person’s incoming and outgoing traffic via themselves. A basic example would be someone with nefarious intent connecting to the same open WiFi hotspot (e.g. café WiFi) as you and collecting your unencrypted traffic. A more advanced attack would involve malware installed on your computer or router, or if they had created a fake hotspot at a café where they masquerade as a genuine WiFi hotspot.

The more advanced examples above can allow the third party to intercept encrypted SSL transmissions and attempt to decrypt the information using the SSL key. As software tries to decrypt and re-encrypt a connection, they often cause SSL errors which Chrome can detect.  A warning screen will pop up alerting users that there appears to be someone snooping their traffic. Some virus scanners and firewalls can also trigger the warning, depending on how they handle encrypted traffic.

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Craig Ward, 2017-09-11 (Update: 2017-09-11)
Craig Ward
Craig Ward - News Editor
I grew up in a family surrounded by technology, starting with my father loading up games for me on a Commodore 64, and later on a 486. In the late 90's and early 00's I started learning how to tinker with Windows, while also playing around with Linux distributions, both of which gave me an interest for learning how to make software do what you want it to do, and modifying settings that aren't normally user accessible. After this I started building my own computers, and tearing laptops apart, which gave me an insight into hardware and how it works in a complete system. Now keeping up with the latest in hardware and software news is a passion of mine.