WD My Book Live Wiped Data Lawsuit Investigation

Some users of Western Digital My Book Live external hard drives reported on June 24, 2021 that their devices had suddenly been remotely factory reset and all files wiped clean. My Book logs posted online show a remote command to perform a factory reset, but the source of these attacks remains unknown.

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Western Digital NAS lost data after remote factory reset

Users first reported sudden data loss on My Book Live and My Book Live Duo devices on the Western Digital Community Forums:

“In my log there is a factory restore I didn’t do. And all data is gone. Anyway to recover it? Years of data gone!! :((((“

In response, Western Digital told users to disconnect their My Book devices from the internet. On reddit, one user reports Western Digital says the cause may have been “compromised user data.”

In 2018, Tech Crunch reported a security researcher found a serious vulnerability in a different WD storage device line, My Cloud. The bug allegedly allowed attackers to gain “complete control” over user data via remote internet access. The researcher first alerted WD in 2017, but decided to share his findings publicly after WD allegedly failed to release a fix for “more than a year.”

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