You wake up in the morning and the disks have no data. Western Digital and its customers have a problem …

WD My Book is one of the most popular families of hard drives used as external data storage. I have two such devices myself, as it just turned out, fortunately not in the Live version. The latter version has been additionally equipped with an Ethernet port, allowing them to be used as network drives, also via the WD cloud infrastructure. I myself used to consider purchasing them in order to create backup copies outside the home. However, I was a bit afraid of their consumer character and my instincts did not disappoint me. The devices received the last update in 2015.

Nobody knows anything

The case sprang up on Western Digital’s support pages, where terrified users began reporting information that the data on their drives had suddenly disappeared. Some people noticed that their disks automatically performed the factory reset command. Western Digital has launched an investigation and has so far asked users to disconnect their drives from the network immediately. Interestingly, reports have also begun to appear that disks with cloud options turned off have also been wiped.

The statement issued by the company also reads that:
“We have determined that some My Book Live devices have been compromised by an unsafe third party. In some cases, this led to a factory reset that appears to have wiped out all data on the device. My Book Live devices received the last firmware update in 2015. “

Therefore, more and more argue that unsupported and out-of-date devices could fall victim to a hacking attack. This may be indicated by the fact that some users say their disks have been encrypted. If this is the case, we will certainly find out soon, and the criminals will probably make ransom demands. If you have such disks, disconnect them from the network as soon as possible.

Backup offline

The whole situation, as well as other network attacks, show that having at least one backup in the offline version is a necessity nowadays. It also seems that companies offering any network devices should be forced to specify in advance how long they commit to offering their support, at least in terms of security.

I am not talking only about network drives, but also about Smart devices. These can lose support even after 1-2 years, and over time they pose more and more threats to our networks. We are in for a mess if the producers don’t approach it responsibly.

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