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Active Attack

Definition - What does Active Attack mean?

An active attack, in computing security, is an attack characterized by the attacker attempting to break into the system. During an active attack, the intruder will introduce data into the system as well as potentially change data within the system.

Techopedia explains Active Attack

An active attack is what is commonly thought of when you refer to "hacking." Compare it to a passive attack, in which the intruder listens in on communications. An example of an active attack is a denial of service attack.
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