It has been confirmed by Opera that an unidentified hacker has actually hacked the Opera sync system and has gained access to its data about Opera’s 1.7 million active users. Responding to this breach the company has sent a compulsory password reset notification to all the Opera Sync users. The web sync feature of Opera allows the users to sync the data of their browser with their setting across different other platforms.
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Last week the attack was detected and immediately the attacked was blocked. But then in the meanwhile it is being suspected that some of the information including some passwords and account information including log in names and passwords might have been compromised. The company has announced that they are carry on vigorous investigation.
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The company has said that keeping in mind the attack all the Opera sync account passwords have been reset as a precaution method. They have said that even though they only store encrypted for the synchronized passwords, but to be on the safer side they have gone for the reset password option.
Report show that as of last month only around 1.7 million people which is just 0.5% of the total Opera user base, use Opera sync service. The Opera Browse users who do not use the sync service will remain unaffected by the attack.
The company has also sent an email to all its Opera sync users about the incident and have requested them to change their password as well. In the mail the company has regretted about the incident and have apologized for the inconvenience that the users might have to face.
This news of this attack has come a month after the company announced that they are planning to sell their privacy apps, browser business, tech licensing and few other assets to a Chinese company. More over the announcement of the attack has come just a day after the service called Dropbox, which is a cloud storage service, notified the users about changing their passwords for accounts that were created before the mid of 2012.
Now one has to see that what Opera does in order to avoid any such further attacks to their system.