Data breaches are no rare occurrence and the latest victim seems to be the Opera browser users. It is very unlikely of the hackers to target the Browsers sync services but this time around they did so with Opera. The company, on the other hand, is in a damage control mode and is requesting its users to change the passwords. As a matter of fact, Opera has already begun resetting the sync passwords and is also requesting users to change the third party passwords linked with the browsers.
On the much brighter side unlike Chrome a majority of Opera users don’t use the browsers sync features. This means that not all of its 350-Million users are at peril, however, still, 1.7 million users might be affected by the breach which in itself is a pretty huge number. The company has not yet revealed the impact of the attack and also the type of credentials that are most likely to be compromised. Also, it is breaches like this that Opera should have avoided especially after its recent sale to a Chinese consortium.
This is what Opera had to say about the attack “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.”
If you are an Opera user head over to the password resetting page to get your new password. Opera is also quick in pointing out that the active number of users of Opera last month stood at 1.7-Million which is less than 0.5% of the 350-Million, a statistic that Opera would have otherwise hesitated to reveal. The takeaway of this entire episode is the cautionary measures that Opera took and the fact that no data is safe from the intruders be it the sync services or actual credentials.
Update-Tha breach has been confirmed and Opera is investigating the same