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Agent Smith Award Goes To… Opera!

Agent Smith from the Matrix
Agent Smith from the Matrix

In June, the makers of the Opera web browser had their IT systems breached. While the title of their blog post reads that they stopped the breach, this is really misleading. Yes, they stopped it, after hackers had compromised their systems, forged malware to make it look like authentic Opera software, and allowed people for a brief time to download said malware, thinking they were getting the Opera browser!

I don’t call this “stopping” a breach as much as “applying bandages to an arterial wound.” Yes, they responded in quick fashion, but I’d call “stopping” a breach preventing it from happening in the first place.

This should serve as a reminder that you cannot always trust what you see, even if you are on a reputable site. Even large entities with big IT budgets can be breached.

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