Opera has alerted all users of its browser, that an unknown hacker has influenced and gained access to its sync system, potentially influenced the personal data’s of around 1.7 million its users. All who uses the opera web browser who also use it’s sync server to store and sync website passwords are requested reset their master opera sync password as well as the passwords saved in opera's sync server for third-party websites.
Company's Official statement
“Earlier this week, we detected signs of an attack where access was gained to the Opera sync system. This attack was quickly blocked. Our investigations are ongoing, but we believe some data, including some of our sync users’ passwords and account information, such as login names, may have been compromised. The total active number of users of Opera sync in the last month is 1.7 million, less than 0.5% of the total Opera user base of 350 million people. The remaining Opera browser users who do not use Opera sync, do not need to take any actions. We take your data security very seriously, and want to sincerely apologize for the inconvenience this might have caused.”
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Consequences of this attack:
News regarding the attack on Opera comes a day after Dropbox outcome with a password reset for accounts that had not changed passwords since 2012. The measures to prevent was executed after the company learned about an old set of user authorization that was stolen in a hacking scene around four years ago. Opera's web sync feature let uses synchronize their browser data and settings across numerous devices. Opera have noted that the overall active number of users of the affected in the last month is less than 0.5 percent of the web browser's user base of 350 million people, and that the password reset is a precaution.
Security terror have been a rotating and continuous theme for all online services recently. However, Opera have sent E-mails to all its sync users to inform them about this incident and have asked them to change the password of their Opera sync accounts. In an a ample of caution, they also have encouraged users to reset any passwords to third party sites they may have synchronized with the service.
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