Skip to main content

Home Depot confirms data breach, investigation continues

  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

The nation's largest home improvement retailer, Home Depot, has confirmed that its payment data systems have been breached.

In a statement, the company says it continues to determine the full scope, scale and impact of the breach. It also says there is no evidence that debit PIN numbers were compromised.

The company says it's investigating sales at its U.S. and Canadian stores from April of 2014 and on.

Home Depot chairman and CEO Frank Blake said:

"We apologize for the frustration and anxiety this causes our customers, and I want to thank them for their patience and support as we work through this issue. We owe it to our customers to alert them that we now have enough evidence to confirm that a breach has indeed occurred. It's important to emphasize that no customers will be responsible for fraudulent charges to their accounts."

According to Forbes, the breach affected Home Depot stores in the U.S. and Canada, while stores in Mexico and the HomeDepot.com website appear to have been spared.

A similar breach last year also struck retailer Target during the height of the holiday shopping season.

Security expert Brian Krebs, who broke the news of both breaches, said it appears the same type of malware was used in both cases.

According to Krebs, the information on the malware adds another indicator that those responsible for the breach at Home Depot also were involved in the December attack on Target.

Krebs also notes that cards apparently stolen from Home Depot shoppers first turned up for sale on Rescator[dot]cc, the same underground cybercrime site that sold millions of cards stolen in the Target attack.

Home Depot is offering free identity protection services, including credit monitoring, to customers who used a payment card at a Home Depot store from April 2014 and on. Customers who want to take advantage of the services can learn more at the company's website or by calling 1-800-HOMEDEPOT.

Home Depot has more than 30 stores in Minnesota.

Next Up

crystal police department

2 women found dead in Crystal home, police investigating

Authorities investigating the incident as a murder-suicide.

Screen Shot 2022-01-27 at 9.15.45 PM

Buckeyes crash the glass, fend off Gophers

E.J. Liddell dominated in the paint to help No. 16 Ohio State.

nicolas blouin flickr fire hose

Fire departments decry drivers running over hoses, endangering crews

It happened in two separate Northland cities this week.

All Energy Solar - Bringing Panels to Roof

All Energy Solar reaches growth milestones with higher goals yet for 2022

Minnesota solar company continues to thrive through building a strong workforce

Royal Canadian Mounted Police maintoba crossing crop

Authorities ID family found frozen to death at MN-Canada border

They're still trying to unravel how they got there and who might have helped them.

covid

Mayo Clinic specialist: 'The omicron surge is not over'

Experts expect a rapid decline over the next month followed a period of calm.

police lights

Charges: Man in stolen Jeep leads police on 110 mph chase

He crashed into a light post near the Capitol and then fled on foot, the complaint says.

kua dog go fund me

Puppy in back of stolen Audi found, reunited with owner

The 4 1/2-month-old bullmastiff had been missing more than a week.

Fuzzy Gerdes Flickr Franks Diner Kenosha

WI's best 'hole-in-the-wall' diner is Guy Fieri-approved

Come for the "garbage pile," stay for ... even more breakfast food.

FKISmwPWUAYZJW6

Minnesota's pre-pro women's soccer team unveils name, logo

The new name and look was unveiled after community owners voted on a winner.

fentanyl DEA

21 people charged in connection to drug trafficking in northern MN

Police say the organization sold more than 10 pounds of heroin and fentanyl in northern Minnesota.

Related