Security 271 – Western Digital Did Bad (But Maybe Not)

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The big topic of the week is that if you had a Western Digital MyBook from 2015, there was a bug/exploit that wiped all your data. We talk about the bug, and whose fault it is (WD). Then we finished up with their response, which was as good as can be given the circumstances.

https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2021/06/hackers-exploited-0-day-not-2018-bug-to-mass-wipe-my-book-live-devices/

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/wd-my-book-nas-devices-are-being-remotely-wiped-clean-worldwide/

Security 270 – Good Police Work

We cover two recent stories on what we call “Good Police Work.” Without breaking encryption, the police find ways to catch criminals.

How the FBI Tricked Criminals into Using its Messaging App

https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/department-justice-seizes-23-million-cryptocurrency-paid-ransomware-extortionists-darkside

Security 265 – Signal’s Mobile Coin and Google vs Oracle

Signal is testing a new payment method that we are not thrilled about. Yes, they want to solve a hard problem, but we don’t think this is it. We end with the Google vs Oracle decision.

https://signal.org/blog/update-on-beta-testing-payments/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_LLC_v._Oracle_America,_Inc.#Supreme_Court

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