Possible Security Breach at Home Depot US Stores
Wednesday, 10 September 2014
If you’ve shopped at Home Depot’s stores throughout the United States over the past few months your credit, debit or prepaid card details could have been compromised, as a suspected security breach may have affected all 2,200 Home Depot retail locations.
News of a potential breach first broke Wednesday, with security experts suggesting that they had evidence that a number of Home Depot customer’s card details had emerged for sale on known carder forums. Of the card details which were seen, a total of 1,939, there was a 99.4% overlap with Home Depot stores, pointing to Home Depot as the source of a breach.
Home Depot, who are working with security firms Symantec Corp and FishNet Security, along with law enforcement, to investigate the suspected breach, are so far yet to confirm that a one has taken place.
If you have shopped at Home Depot within the past few months Home Depot are advising that you take greater care in closely monitoring your account and report any unusual activity to our your card issuer immediately.
This is the latest, and if found to be true, one of the worst, in a string of security breaches at US retailers. Notable incidents have included Target, who had 40 million customer card numbers stolen last year, and TJX Cos Inc, who operate T.J. Maxx and Marshalls, where 90 million card numbers were stolen over a period of 18 months.