WD My Book Live Users Are Waking Up to Find Their Hard Drives Completely Wiped

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Western Digital has begun advising owners of its WD My Book Live units to unplug them from the internet following a wave of complaints stemming from its support forum regarding total and unrecoverable data loss. As explained by a number of frustrated users (and later confirmed by Western Digital in a statement), WD My Book Live units around the world have wiped themselves after a threat actor managed to compromise the devices and triggered a factory reset that erased all of their data. Unfortunately, recovery efforts have reportedly been in vain. Western Digital discontinued its My Book Live products in 2015.

Image: Western Digital

We have determined that some My Book Live devices have been compromised by a threat actor. In some cases, this compromise has led to a factory reset that appears to erase all data on the device. The My Book Live device received its final firmware update in 2015.

Sources: Western Digital, Ars Technica, Bleeping Computer

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