Do you own a Netgear router? If so, you may have a serious vulnerability.

If you have one of the following Netgear router models, you could be exposed to a serious vulnerability:


  • R6250
  • R6400
  • R6700
  • R7000
  • R7100LG
  • R7300
  • R7900
  • R8000


There is a simple test that you can carry out to determine if you have a vulnerable router. From a device connected to the router, open the following link in a browser:;echo$IFS’Vulnerable!’

If you see a simple webpage that says Vulnerable!, then you have an affected router.

The risk with this vulnerability is that hackers can scan the internet looking for these routers and if they detect one, they can take it over quite simply and use it for nefarious purposes.

Netgear have made some patches available, but not for every model at the moment. These patches require technical skills to install safely, so please contact your IT support provider. Don’t expect your teenager to be able to do this, unless they have already had experience of flashing router firmware successfully before. Making a mistake when doing this, could render the router unusable.

While you await for the router to be patched, you can protect yourself by opening the following link in a browser:

Once you have done that try the previous link above to see if it still says Vulnerable! 

If you reboot/restart the router after this, you will need to open that last link above again.

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