Opera certificate signing code got stolen by hackers

Posted on Friday, Jun 28 2013 @ 13:39 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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eTeknix reports Opera Software disclosed that it suffered from a hack attack on June 19th. No user data got stolen but at least one old and expired Opera code signing certificate got stolen, which has allowed the hackers to distribute malware to Opera browser users:
“This has allowed them to distribute malicious software which incorrectly appears to have been published by Opera Software, or appears to be the Opera browser” said Opera’s Sigbjørn Vik

Apparently Opera are working hard to try and fix the problem by introducing a new version of the Opera browser that uses a new code signing certificate. Any users who used Opera between 1:00 and 1:36 UTC on the day of the breach (June 19th) could have had malicious software installed onto their computer automatically without their knowing.

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Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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