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Western Digital Attack Left “Personal Information” Compromised

Western Digital says that it has informed customers their personal information may have been taken during a cyberattack in March.


Back in March, data giant Western Digital was subject to an “unauthorized third party” attack that successfully breached its network. Over the past weekend, the company provided additional details on the attack.

In a press release, Western Digital says that the threat actor was able to access the database with information about the company's online store. It seems that the third party was able to see personal details of Western Union customers:

“This information included customer names, billing and shipping addresses, email addresses and telephone numbers. In addition, the database contained, in encrypted format, hashed and salted passwords and partial credit card numbers. We will communicate directly with impacted customers.”

During the March breach, the attacker copied the information and essentially stop it. The company sent data breach notifications to its customers on Friday, informing them that the stolen database included personal details.

Western Digital Reacts and Takes Down Store

The company also said that it had taken its store offline as a security measure and expected to restore it by May 15th. It advised customers to be alert for phishing emails or phone calls that may use the stolen data to trick them into revealing more sensitive information.

The cyberattack occurred on March 26th, when Western Digital discovered that its network was compromised and some of its data was exfiltrated. The company shut down its cloud services and apps for two weeks following the incident.

“As a precautionary measure to secure our business operations, the Company proactively disconnected our systems and services from the public Internet. We are progressing through our restoration process and the majority of our impacted systems and services are now operational.”

Western Digital did not disclose whether it paid any ransom to the hackers or how it secured its network after the breach. The company said it was working with law enforcement and external security experts to investigate the incident and prevent future attacks.

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Luke Jones
Luke Jones
Luke has been writing about all things tech for more than five years. He is following Microsoft closely to bring you the latest news about Windows, Office, Azure, Skype, HoloLens and all the rest of their products.

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