Hackers are remotely erasing Western Digital hard drives


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The whole point of using a network-connected storage device is to have a hard drive where you can back up important data, and then access files through the Internet when you are out. But unknown hackers are turning the Western Digital My Book NAS hard drive into a nightmare backup tool by destroying the user’s device and then deleting all the data in it. My Books is controlled by the app WD My Book Live, which allows customers to remotely access their data and manage their NAS. But users all over the world report that their devices have been hijacked and wiped. When they try to log in and gain access, the remote management dashboard will display “Invalid password.”Western Digital tells Beep computer Said in a statement that it is actively investigating the situation. However, so far, the victims of lost data have only been out of luck. The device in question has been in use for at least 6 years and received the latest firmware update in 2015. “Western Digital has determined that certain My Book Live devices have been attacked by malware. In some cases, this compromise resulted in a factory reset, which appears to erase all data on the device,” the company said. “At this time, we recommend that you disconnect My Book Live from the Internet to protect the data on the device.”

Seven months ago, the former president Donald Trump fired Chris Krebs, the last director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, on Twitter, Because I agree with the intelligence agency’s conclusion that the 2020 elections are safe and will not be subject to foreign interference. Since then, Krebs has not been replaced-even if the United States faces the most serious cyber attacks on government agencies and critical infrastructure in history, including the SolarWinds invasion, the large-scale invasion of Exchange servers by Chinese hafnium hackers, and ransomware attacks colonization pipeline. However, this week US Senator Rick Scott (Florida Republican) announced that he will block the appointment of a new CISA director, the highly qualified Jen Easterly, until Vice President Kamala Harris visits the southern border-postponing the appointment until The Senate will adjourn after the summer. Officials and cybersecurity practitioners were shocked by the highly politicized delays in key U.S. national security positions, and they spoke on Twitter. “The cyber threats facing the United States are too real and too direct to take the nomination of one of the most important cyber officials as hostages for unrelated policy issues,” Senator Angus King (Maine) said in a statement. “This is a gross negligence of Senator Scott,” former Facebook chief security officer Alex Stamos wrote on Twitter. “Have a nice summer vacation!”

Cryptocurrency exchange Binance announced this week that it has cooperated with law enforcement agencies to help track the cryptocurrency used in the activities of the Cl0p ransomware group. Six of them were arrested by Ukrainian police in Kiev last week. According to Binance, ransomware operators also operate their own cryptocurrency exchanges that focus on money laundering, helping to redeem the criminal proceeds of hacking activities by Cl0p and other organizations. According to data from Binance and its two partner blockchain analysis companies TRM Labs and Crystal, the Cl0p group laundered no less than $5 billion in total. In fact, the six operators arrested last week may represent the money laundering part of Cl0p operations better than their actual hacker team. Despite being arrested last week, Cl0p added a new company to the list of ransomware victims on Tuesday this week.

Amazon Web Services announced on Friday that it has acquired Wickr, an end-to-end encrypted chat application. The service provides secure communications and collaboration for individual users as well as corporate, government, and military customers. Since its establishment in 2012, Wickr has raised nearly US$60 million in funding. AWS said it will continue to operate Wickr in its current form and provide the platform to AWS customers. “This enables security-conscious companies and government agencies to implement important governance and security controls to help them meet compliance requirements,” AWS vice president and chief information security officer Stephen Schmidt wrote on Friday.


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