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General News Opera Sync servers breached, Synced passwords might have been stolen
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Opera Sync servers were breached last week, resulting in exposure of several usernames and passwords. Opera, in a blog post, confirmed the same, adding the attack was quickly blocked. “Earlier this week, we detected signs of an attack where access was gained to the Opera sync system,” Tarquin Wilton-Jones of Opera said in a blog post. Opera recommends all its users to change their passwords and the company has sent out emails for the same.

According to Jones, Opera only stores encrypted or hashed and salted passwords in the system. And, Opera wants its users to change passwords as a precautionary measure. Opera is encouraging users who have synced their accounts with third-party apps to reset their passwords. “We have also sent emails to all Opera sync users to inform them about the incident and ask them to change the password for their Opera sync accounts,” Jones said.
According to the blog post, the total active number of users of Opera sync in the last month is 1.7 million. This is less than 0.5 per cent of the total Opera user base of 350 million people. Jones added the company takes user’s security very seriously and apologised for the inconvenience.

Opera, last week, launched a new VPN for Android without data limit. The VPN allows users to change their virtual location. Additionally, it helps users block ad trackers and determine the Wi-Fi network security level. Currently ‘Opera Free VPN’ is offering five virtual locations, namely Germany, Singapore, US, Canada, and Netherlands.

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