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Western Digital External HD, - Data Loss Warning

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Well, for my first POST, a Public Service Announcement.

WD has issued a notice that ALL users of My Book Live external drives UNPLUG IT NOW!.
That is unplug it from the internet.

A security breach is possible that allows a remote command to be issued to web attached drives to do a factory reset. Basically erasing all the data on the drive.

Ars Technica goes into the details.

ARS Technica Western Digital Data Loss
So if you have a WD drive with an Ethernet connection. Unplug that sucker right now.
All the Best,
Jeff

And another article from Bleepingcomputer

Bleeping computer - Western Digital Data Loss
 

 

 

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Bleepingcomputer.com update

"We are reviewing log files which we have received from affected customers to further characterize the attack and the mechanism of access. The log files we have reviewed show that the attackers directly connected to the affected My Book Live devices from a variety of IP addresses in different countries. This indicates that the affected devices were directly accessible from the Internet, either through direct connection or through port forwarding that was enabled either manually or automatically via UPnP."

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