When it comes to internet browsing, We all are familiar with opera browser for incredible browsing speed from the last couple of years. Recently according to owners of opera, They have admitted that the browser was hacked. They stated that the hackers have gained access to a function known as opera sync, Which is used to synchronize data and customize settings in various platforms. With that being said now hackers can have all the data of the users along with login names and passwords.
Also Recently the owner of the opera has agreed for selling the browser to a chinese consortium. Opera has confirmed that its server breached on the Friday afternoon, saying that the “attack was quickly blocked” but that it “believe some data, including some of [their] sync users’ passwords and account information, such as login names, may have been compromised”. Also according to the small section of about 350 million users of the company who use opera sync service are affected.
Also, opera stated that they have counted users and it is across 1.7 million active sync users who lose their data. But opera told that it has reset all the user login info, passwords and emailed them to users the details for changing passwords.
The following statement has been told later by opera. “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”.
Opera has announced a sale of privacy apps, browser business and chinese joint-venture to a consortium from china which is led by anti-virus business Qihoo 360 for about $600 million. And the word of breach comes out over a month. Both the parties have recently confirmed a deal to a $1.2 billion sale of opera’s complete operations. But the company’s shareholders were cut off when they found they did not qualify the minimum approvals were not secured.