An item on its 23rd April e-Flash from logistics trade body FIATA is concerned with a form of fraud, colloquially known as a `man-in-the middle’ attack, which has become increasingly common in recent months. Targets of a man in the middle attack range from individual consumers to large multi-nationals even freight forwarders. A fraudster creates one or more email addresses that are visually similar to those of one party say, Party A to a legitimate commercial arrangement. The fraudster’s initial way in relies on either fortunate guesswork on their part or on obtaining access to previous emails between Party A and Party B (e. g. by hacking one or other email accounts).
For more information see the briefing from law chambers, 20 Essex Street, from April 2017 –