Home Depot Security Breach Confirmed
Last week, we reported that the home improvement retailer, Home Depot, was under a company-wide investigation concerning customer financial information across North America. The retailer was unsure of which stores and countries had been affected, but earlier this week it was confirmed that Home Depot’s payment systems in the US and Canada have suffered a security breach. Home Depot currently has 2,266 stores and 180 of them are in Canada. A Home Depot spokeswoman said the company is unsure of how many Canadian customers were affected, as they still don’t know “many details or the scale of the incident.”
The investigation is focused from April 2014 onward and although the Home Depot doesn’t know the “full scope, scale and impact of the breach,” there is no evidence that PIN numbers associated with debit cards have been compromised. The company has said that they are taking “aggressive” steps to address the “malware” in order to protect their customers and are offering free identity protection and credit monitoring to any customers who have shopped at Home Depot with a payment card since April of this year. “We owe it to our customers to alert them that we now have enough evidence to confirm that a breach has indeed occurred. It is important to emphasize that no customer will be responsible for fraudulent charges to their accounts,” Home Depot’s CEO, Frank Blake, stated.