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Session hijacking is
|“||an attack in which a legitimate user session is commandeered. In a session hijacking attack, a user's activities are monitored, typically by a malicious browser component. When the user logs into his or her account, or initiates a transaction, the malicious software "hijacks" the session to perform malicious actions, such as transferring money, once the user has legitimately established his or her credentials.||”|
"Session hijacking can be performed on a user's local computer by malware, or can also be performed remotely as part of a man-in-the-middle attack. When performed locally by malware, session hijacking can look to the targeted site exactly like a legitimate user interaction, being initiated from the user's home computer."