Seagate rolls out firmware update to address vulnerability of select portable drives
Should you be the owner of the Seagate Wireless Plus Mobile Storage, Seagate Wireless Mobile Storage, and LaCie Fuel portable wireless drives, you'll want to check the official website for details on downloading new firmware. A security vulnerability has been discovered on the drives that could potentially expose data to malicious attacks.
The vulnerability affects the portable drives by providing attackers with unauthorized remote access via an undocumented Telnet service. They could then gain control of your attached storage, as well as all your stored data. Those with unauthorized access to your drive could even upload malicious files to the internal storage.
Luckily, there's a fix in the form of firmware. Should you be running either 3.3.0.005 or 2.3.0.014, there is a patch that can be downloaded direct from Seagate. This will upgrade your drive to 220.127.116.11. If you're not sure, Seagate has a download tool that will allow you to enter your serial number to see if an update is required.
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