Published On: Sun, Aug 28th, 2016

Opera Sync System Hacked; Data Of 1.7m Users Compromised

Unknown hacker has gained access to the Opera sync system and it is reported data of about 1.7 million active users have been compromised.

The Opera sync system allows users to synchronise browser data as well as settings across several platforms.

Confirming the hack Opera said it has issued a force password reset for all the Sync users and has also urged everyone to do it voluntarily.

Opera Sync System Hacked; Data Of 1.7m Users Compromised

The Norwegian company’s Tarquin Wilton-Jones said, “This attack was quickly blocked… but we believe some data may have been compromised.”

In a blog post Jones added the Opera sync account passwords have been reset.

Opera has a user base of 350 million people and only 1.7 million of them use the Opera sync service, which is even less than 0.5 percent of the total.

Those users who do not use the Opera sync service need not to worry and they don’t need to reset the passwords.

A day before Dropbox cloud storage service issued password reset for its users whose accounts were created before mid of 2012 and have not changed the passwords since then.

A month ago Opera announced to be selling to Chinese consortium its browser business, performance and privacy apps, tech licensing and other assets for $600 million.

The consortium is led by Qihoo 360 search and security firm.

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