Home Depot may be the latest big retailer to suffer from a major data breach. The big box home improvement retailer began a company-wide investigation earlier this week over a potential breach of customer financial information. “I can confirm we are looking into some unusual activity and we are working with our banking partners and law enforcement to investigate,” the U.S spokesperson for Home Depot, Paula Drake, said in a statement. Global News has confirmed that the Canadian arm of Home Depot is also involved in the investigation.
Online security blogger Brian Krebs was the first to report on the possible breach. Krebs reported that U.S banks with credit-card customers who shopped at Home Depot notified the retailer of suspicious activity and that customer information appeared to be compromised. “Protecting our customers’ information is something we take extremely seriously, and we are aggressively gathering facts at this point while working to protect customers. If we confirm that a breach has a occurred, we will make sure customers are notified immediately,” Drake said. There are approximately 180 stores in Canada and 2,200 in the United States. The breach may reach back to late April or early May 2014.
Krebs also reported that there are signs the perpetrators of the Home Depot breach may be the same group of Ukrainian and Russian hackers responsible for the data breach at Target that exposed tens of millions North American customers’ credit card information. Canadians may be safe from the Home Depot breach since many Canadian credit and debit card holders use chip-enabled cards however, experts say some Canadian card holders could be at risk.