Many Popular Netgear Routers Have Major Security Flaws, Open to Hackers

December 18th, 2016   •   Comments Off on Many Popular Netgear Routers Have Major Security Flaws, Open to Hackers   

Many popular Netgear routers have major security flaws, leaving them potentially open to hackers.

The flaw, was first discovered in August but wasn’t widely publicized until a few days ago, includes many routers in Netgear’s popular Nighthawk series.

The company is offering patches for some, but not all models yet.

The list of affected models includes the R7000, R6250, R6400, R6700, R7100LG, R7300, R7900, and R8000.

Netgear has a full list of affected routers on its website.

How are You Vulnerable?

Attackers, possibly, but not necessarily, posing as Netgear, email you a link containing the URL for your Netgear router’s control panel.  If you unknowingly click on this link, you grant full access to your router’s administrative controls.

This enables an attacker to direct you to other infected websites, which will allow them to: steal your personal identity and banking information; turn on your webcams; and see all data that you send and receive, whether it is encrypted or not.

How to Fix It

You need to install the security patch yourself, or change routers.

The list of affected routers may grow, as Netgear continues to test models. In fact, a Dutch computer researcher claims  that he has already identified others.

The US Computer Emergency Response Team (US-CERT) issued a warning about the bug last Friday, but Netgear was alerted to the flaw in August, via its security advisory page.

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