Opera is the latest victim to a hacker attack, the company acknowledged on Friday that its Opera Sync servers, where it stored user’s synchronized passwords and account information, had been breached. Opera servers hacked and it is humiliating for a tech company like opera.
Opera in a blog post said that earlier last week, the company “detected signs of an attack where access was gained to the Opera sync system.” Opera claims that the attack was blocked quickly, it has admitted that some data, which includes the username and passwords of some users of its sync service, may have been compromised.
Third-party website passwords are kept in an encrypted form in Opera sync, but when hacker have access to individual synchronization accounts, they can easily decrypt those accounts.
Opera says, “Although we only store encrypted (for synchronized passwords) or hashed and salted (for authentication) passwords in this system, we have reset all the Opera sync account passwords as a precaution.”
So it is safe to change the Opera Sync passwords as soon as possible. Opera already sent its Opera Sync users emails, asking to change the password, and also reset the passwords of third part websites that they may have synchronized with the service.
To change the Opera Sync password, you have to head to the password reset page. Another thing is that the situation is not effected to all users, only around 1.7 million users, out of 350 million were hacked. Means less than 0.5% of its active users were affected by the breach. Users who do not use the sync service are not required to take any measures as per the company.
Opera has apologized for the security breach to its users and said that an investigation is going on regarding the same.
Last week, before the Opera servers hacked, Opera launched a free and unlimited VPN for Android which also includes an ad-tracker blocking function, and a Wi-Fi security test.
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