As many of you might have seen on the news or on twitter, Home Depot had a data breach, similar to the Target breach from December 2013. The breach was detected September 2nd. Home Depot released the following statement:
“On September 2 we disclosed that we were investigating a possible breach of our payment data systems. We want you to know that we have now confirmed that those systems have in fact been breached, which could potentially impact any customer that has used their payment card at our U.S. and Canadian stores, from April forward. We do not have any evidence that the breach has impacted stores in Mexico or customers who shopped online at HomeDepot.com. We apologize for the frustration and anxiety this causes our customers. We also want to emphasize that you will not be responsible for any fraudulent charges to your accounts, and we’re offering free identity protection services, including credit monitoring, to any customer who has shopped at a Home Depot store in 2014, from April on.”
According to Brian Krebs, a cyber security reporter who reported on the target and now home depot story, the information stolen from Home Depot data breach is now being sold to underground thieve who are replicating card information. Additionally, “multiple financial institutions are reporting a steep increase over the past few days in fraudulent ATM withdrawals on customer accounts,” Krebs reported. This news is alarming to anyone who has shopping at Home Depot recently. However, don’t panic! Here are a few tips on what to do:
1. Check your bank account activity for any unusual activity – if any is found, report it to your bank and the police.
2. Get a new card!
3. Home Depot is providing free credit monitoring and identity theft for a year to anyone who shopped at Home Depot since April.
Also, Home Depot insured customers they would not be responsible for any stolen money. That’s all for now, I’m off to check my account history! I bought a gift card for a wedding back in April at Home Depot!
Thoughts on this story? I’d love to hear them! How much damage do you think has been done? Will they catch the hackers?