Opera sync servers hacked usernames and passwords at risk

Opera Software advising all users of sync feature of its Opera browser to change their passwords following security breach. Details are little scant at moment, but company says that servers were breached earlier in the week and user data may have been compromised.

Opera Sync is used to synchronize user data between different computers but it is apparently used by under 0.5% of total Opera user base

Coming shortly after advice from Dropbox to change passwords follow an historic security breach, Opera’s own hack is still under investigation. It goes without say that while it is only Opera Sync data that may have been compromised, if you are in the habit of using same passwords for multiple sites – services, now it`s time to start chang them.

In statement on Opera Security blog, Tarquin Wilton-Jones says:

Earlier this week, we detected signs of an attack where access was gained to Opera sync system. This attack was quickly blocked. Our investigations are ongoing, but we believe some data, including some of our sync users’ passwords – account information, such as login names, may have been compromised.

Although we only store encrypted (for synchronized passwords) or hashed – salted (for authentication) passwords in this system, we have reset all Opera sync account passwords as a precaution.

We have also sent emails to all Opera sync users to inform them about the incident – ask them to change password for their Opera sync accounts. In an abundance of caution, we have encouraged users to also reset any passwords to third party sites they may have synchronized with service.

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