It not usual when hackers try to find the weakness of a server from a big company. However, it is a rare event to target one of the most famous browsers, Opera. The company is warning users that they might detect a hack in the Opera Sync system. It recommends people to change their passwords because hackers could have access to login details.
Opera has more than 350 million users. Most of them will not have any problem because they do not use Opera Sync. However, there are 1,7 million users who might be at risk. The breach will not lead to damages because most the users didn’t use Sync in the last year. However, Opera should pay more attention to its security.
Moreover, the browser was sold to a Chinese company for 600 million dollars. Its apps were sold too. The company will keep Opera Apps and Games and Opera TV, where 560 people are working. We do not know what will happen with its employees who worked for the divisions that were sold.
Opera Sync users were announced in an e-mail that the server was hacked and they should follow the instruction to receive updated password. If you use Opera browser, you should not be worried because the advice was just for those who use the sync server.
Hackers have been violating computer security for many years. They are doing this for their person reasons and sometimes just to prove themselves they are able to do it. There were people who managed to break into NASA system or other important companies. Most of them were hired after by those companies to improve their security system.
There were hackers who stole millions of dollars from credit cards or find a way to do multiple facebook accounts using just one e-mail. Even CIA had problems with hackers who wanted to steal their private information. Opera Sync is another example of what hackers can do. If the security of this browser was in danger, we have to say we are not safe anymore.
We will see what Opera is going to do about its security and if hackers will try to target it again. Opera is a web browser available for Microsoft Windows, iOS and Linux operating systems. You can also use Opera Mobile on Android, iOS, and Windows Phone. It is one of the most popular browsers in the world and its features were used by Mozilla and Chrome too.
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