Possible Card Data Breach at Home Depot
Home Depot may be the latest American retailer to suffer a significant data breach.
Today, a massive number of debit and credit card information appeared on a site where card numbers are illegally sold. According to security expert Brian Krebs, numerous banks have reported evidence that Home Depot could be the source of these cards.
Home Depot reported that it was working with authorities in investigating “some unusual activity” related to customer data.
The Atlanta-based retailer has 2,200 stores in the United States. Krebs reported that some banks believe the breach could have first occurred in April or May of this year.
The underground site where the card information is being sold is named recator[dot]cc. According to Krebs, the data put up for sale were labeled “American Sanctions.”
In an advisory released on August 22, the Department of Homeland Security estimates more than 1,000 businesses have been affected by the same “Backoff” malware that led to the Target breach. The malware targets the point-of-sale systems and is able to copy the personal security information from the transaction.
This is the latest in a long line of data breaches that have taken place at major retail companies, including Target, Neiman Marcus, Michaels, P.F. Chang’s, Dairy Queen, UPS Stores, Sally Beauty, and Supervalu and Albertsons grocery stores.