Western Digital is urging users their MyBook Live brand of network storage drives to disconnect them from the Internet.  They are warning of malicious hackers are remotely wiping the drives by a previously unknown critical flaw that can be activated by anyone who knows the IP address of an affected device.

On June 24, the company stated, “Western Digital has determined that some My Book Live and My Book Live Duo devices are being compromised through exploitation of a remote command execution vulnerability.  In some cases, this compromise has led to a factory reset that appears to erase all data on the device. The My Book Live and My Book Live Duo devices received its final firmware update in 2015. We understand that our customers’ data is very important. We are actively investigating the issue and will provide an updated advisory when we have more information.”

If you are a user of this drive, unplug it immediate, and contact us to transfer your data to a reputable, safe brand.  Your data is critical.

WD Security Article: here