About six million Sky routers had a significant software bug that could have allowed hackers to take over home networks – a security company has revealed.

The problem has been fixed but researchers say that it took Sky 18 months to address.

The vulnerability could have affected to anyone who had not changed the router’s default admin password.

“We take the safety and security of our customers very seriously,” Sky said.

“After being alerted to the risk, we began work on finding a remedy for the problem and we can confirm that a fix has been delivered to all Sky-manufactured products.”

In addition, about 1% of routers issued by Sky are not made by the company itself. The relatively few customers who have one of those can now ask for it to be replaced free of charge.

A flaw in the software code, discovered by researcher Raf Fini, of Pen Test Partners, would allow hackers to reconfigure home routers simply by directing users to malicious websites via phishing emails.

Then, they can “take over someone’s online life”, stealing passwords for banking and other websites, said Ken Munro of Pen Test Partner.

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