Thousands of Netgear routers can be hacked — here’s what to do

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Thousands of Netgear routers can be hacked — here’s what to do

Dang kids. Because of an optional parental-control feature that apparently wasn’t so optional, nearly a dozen widely used Netgear home Wi-Fi router models have a serious security flaw and need to be patched.

The affected models are the R6400v2, R6700, R6700v3, R6900, R6900P, R7000, R7000P, R7850, R7900, R8000 and RS400, most of them in the “Nighthawk” line and physically nearly identical. Firmware updates are now available for all of them. 

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The flaw can be exploited by a bad guy who gets access to your Wi-Fi network, which may not always be as hard to do as it seems, and then used to seize control of your home or small-office network and send you God-knows-where on the internet.

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