Home Depot The Latest Hack Victim?Home Depot The Latest Hack Victim?
Home improvement chain--along with law enforcement and banks--are investigating 'unusual activity.'
September 3, 2014
Another day, another possible retail breach: Home Depot reportedly is looking into a potential data breach.
KrebsOnSecurity reported today that several banks have seen signs of a potential credit and debit card breach at Home Depot. Specifically, a fresh collection of payment cards that have appeared in the cyber underground may be those from sales at the home improvement chain. A Home Depot spokesperson told KrebsOnSecurity:
I can confirm we are looking into some unusual activity and we are working with our banking partners and law enforcement to investigate... Protecting our customers' information is something we take extremely seriously, and we are aggressively gathering facts at this point while working to protect customers. If we confirm that a breach has occurred, we will make sure customers are notified immediately. Right now, for security reasons, it would be inappropriate for us to speculate further -- but we will provide further information as soon as possible.
The attackers behind the payment card breach may be the same Russian and Ukrainian cybercrime gang that hit Target, Sally Beauty, P.F. Chang's, and other retailers, the report said.
Interestingly, the gang named the newly pilfered card "American Sanctions" in an apparent jab at US economic sanctions against Russia.
The breach could affect 2,200 US Home Depot stores, according to KrebsOnSecurity.
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