Home Depot Confirms Hack: As Many As 60 Million Cards Stolen

Home Depot confirmed today that the company was, indeed, the victim of a large credit card breach reported by many customers last week. An estimated 60 million card numbers were stolen, which would make it the biggest such hack in retail history.

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A similar attack on Target affected 40 million cardholders. We're still awaiting more detail on what exactly happened with Home Depot, but safe to say if you've shopped there over the last few months, you're going to want to check with your bank to make sure you're not at risk. [NYT]

Banks Say Home Depot Just Experienced a Major Credit Card Breach

If you just bought a new screwdriver, check your Visa card for strange charges. Several banks are reporting that Home Depot has experienced a credit card breach that may rival or exceed last fall's Target fiasco.

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"I can confirm we are looking into some unusual activity and we are working with our banking partners and law enforcement to investigate," Home Depot spokesperson Paula Drake told security researcher Brian Krebs in a statement.

A large cache of stolen credit card and debit card information went on sale this morning at a black market online store called rescator[dot]cc.

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If you recently made a trip to Home Depot, you may want to call their bank to make sure your card information is secure.

Krebs believes the people behind this breach are the same ones behind the huge Target credit card hack from last winter, and notes that the breach may have occurred as far back as April or early May 2014, which would make it potentially "many times larger" than the 40-million-card Target incident. We've contacted Home Depot and will update when we know more. [Krebs On Security]

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