Opera Under Scrutiny As Sync Servers Breached


It becomes quite a humiliating thing for a software company when its security is breached. However, with the advancement in security measures taken by tech giants, hackers have also upped their game. The latest victim to a hacker attack is Opera, and the company acknowledged on Friday that its Opera Sync servers, where it stored user’s synchronized passwords and account information, had been breached. In one of the blog posts, the company said, “detected signs of an attack where access was gained to the Opera sync system.” The company further went to add to that and reported that, “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.”


The company says it has also sent out emails to all Opera Sync users asking them to change their Opera Sync password, and also reset any passwords to third party sites that they may have synchronized with its service. In order to change your password for Opera’ sync service, you can head to the password reset page. One factor that might come as a relief to the company in the entire situation is that a very small fraction, around 1.7 million users, out of its total 350 million users, actively avail the cloud-sync service, which has been attacked. Users who do not use the sync service are not required to take any measures as per the company.

The company has made a public apology for all the trouble and the security breach for its users and has also mentioned that an investigation is going on for the same issue. Interestingly enough, last week only, the company launched a free and unlimited VPN for Android which also includes an ad-tracker blocking functions, and a Wi-Fi security test. Comment below and let us know about your thoughts regarding the security breach.


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