Passive Attack

Passive Attack definition in Computer Security terms:

Acronym(s): None

Definition(s): An attack that does not alter systems or data.
Source(s): CNSSI 4009-2015

An attack against an authentication protocol where the Attacker intercepts data traveling along the network between the Claimant and Verifier, but does not alter the data (i.e., eavesdropping).
Source(s): NIST SP 800-63-2

Synonym(s): None

 

reference: CSRC Glossary