Session hijacking attacks have been around since the mid-1990s. In 1994, HTTP version 0.9 beta was the first to be released with cookies support. Starting with HTTP 1.0, security vulnerabilities relating to session hijacking started to evolve into a permanent security risk.
Improved Web Servers, modernized HTTP 1.1 and featured browsers all contribute to this ongoing security problem, and as long as websites continue to use unencrypted communication or do not implement secured connections, session hijacking will continue to be a problem.
This article will cover a very common hacking technique called a “Cookie Theft Attack” or “Session Hijacking”. By the end of this article, you’ll understand the risks and security implications of giving information online and clicking unknown links. I will explain how hackers execute their attacks and what security breaches they’re looking for. In conclusion, I will discuss the best ways to prevent attacks and keep site visitors safe.