User Hijacking (Account Hijacking)

User hijacking occurs when a hacker steals a user’s account credentials (e.g, user log in and password) associated with an application.

The hacker will then use the account to impersonate the account owner, execute a financial transaction, steal personal information about the user or ransom the user to regain access to their account. Typically, account hijacking is most commonly executed through brute force trial and error guessing, pharming, or phishing emails sent to the user.

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