DeMISTIfying Infosec: Hop Point

October 18, 2016
By Katherine Teitler

Hop Point

Packets of digital data travel from source to destination through “hops,” or stops along the networking path. Data can travel in a single hop (direct) or in a multi-hop network (more than one relay). In a multi-hop network, traffic is rerouted from one gateway, router, or device to the next (somewhat akin to airline routes).

A “hop point” generally refers to a compromised connection or relay—hop—that the attacker uses to obfuscate the path of the data packet s/he wants to intercept. A hop point, therefore, is the “middle man” device.


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