If you own a wireless HDD from Seagate you may want to check if your device is running the latest firmware. CERT researchers discovered a dangerous vulnerability in certain Seagate wireless HDDs that could give root access to unauthorized users.
The problem is caused by a hard-coded account that offers remote access via undocumented Telnet services by using the default credentials of "root" as username and the default password.
The issues outed make it possible to download and upload directly into the wireless hard disk’s file system, leading to a high chance of data theft, and spread of malware.
Currently, the issue only affects Seagate’s Wireless Mobile Storage, Wireless Plus Mobile Storage and LaCie Fuel drives, running older firmware. Since these flaws have been discovered, Seagate has ensured that the newest firmware release has patched this vulnerability. If you are running firmware versions 2.2.0.005 to 2.3.0.014, these issues are present, and it is critical that you update as soon as possible. The newest firmware as of today, version 188.8.131.52, can be downloaded via the Seagate Download Finder.