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Browser Maker Opera ?Breached? by Malware
by Ron G., KeehSquad
June 27, 2013

The makers of the Opera web browser announced recently that their internal network was ?breached? earlier this month. The company says they have resolved the issue, and that it doesn?t appear that any user information was touched. However, the intruder was able to infect the browser update file, and some Windows users of Opera may have downloaded the infected update.

The intrusion was discovered by the Norwegian-based company on June 19. According to the official announcement of the breach posted on their website, ?current evidence suggests a limited impact.? Once they gained access to the Opera internal network, the hackers used an expired certificate to put some malware on the system. Fortunately, the malware is easily detected by up-to-date anti-virus tools. If you are an Opera user on a Windows PC, make sure to update your anti-virus program and run it to make sure your system isn?t infected. (Better safe than sorry, right?)

Our friends at the Naked Security blog run by Sophos are doing a good job keeping track of this. If you are interested, check out their posts here.
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