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After breaking the news about security breaches at Target and Neiman Marcus, Brian Krebs of Krebs on Security now reports that Home Depot may have been compromise by credit card data hackers. According to CNBC, a large cache of stolen data reportedly appeared on black market sites and Home Depot is working with investigators to investigate the "unusual activity" and the possible security breach.
"Protecting our customers' information is something we take extremely seriously, and we are aggressively gathering facts at this point while working to protect customers," Home Depot spokeswoman Paula Drake told the New York Times.
Krebs suggests that the hacking of Home Depot's customer data might have begun as early as May. In comparison, Target's security breach began in November and was discovered in December, and in that instance, the Times reports that about 40 million customers' credit or debit card data was compromised.
· Home Depot Investigates a Possible Data Breach [NYT]
· Hackers Target Credit Data from Home Depot; Company Moves to Soothe Fears [CNBC]
· Target Chief Information Officer Takes the Fall for Security Breach [Racked]
· Neiman Marcus Security Breach Reportedly Smaller Than Target's [Racked]