The company assured its users that passwords are hashed and salted for encryption, but they have asked users to reset their passwords as a precaution. They also encouraged Sync users to change any third-party passwords that may have been synchronized with their service.
While 1.7 million users may have been affected, this represents only 0.5% of the 350 million people who use the browser.
Their statement is as follows:
“Earlier this week, we detected signs of an attack where access was gained to the Opera sync system. This attack was quickly blocked. Our investigations are ongoing, but we believe some data, including some of our sync users’ passwords and account information, such as login names, may have been compromised.
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.
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. In an abundance of caution, we have encouraged users to also reset any passwords to third party sites they may have synchronized with the service.
To obtain a new password for Opera sync, use the password resetting page.
The total active number of users of Opera sync in the last month is 1.7 million, less than 0.5% of the total Opera user base of 350 million people.
The remaining Opera browser users who do not use Opera sync, do not need to take any actions.
We take your data security very seriously, and want to sincerely apologize for the inconvenience this might have caused.”
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