It’s been a bad week for digital privacy: first, a bunch of celebs saw their private nude pics get leaked on the web, and now a major US retailer may have been hacked. Home Depot is investigating a massive data breach that may have exposed more credit cards than even Target’s recent scandal. Read on to find out if you could have been affected.
CNN Money reports that the hacks likely took place in Home Depot’s computer systems from May until this month. In theory, people who shopped at Home Depot during the last few months could have been affected.
In contrast, the massive Target data breach that took place last year only exposed customer data for three weeks. During that three week,s 40 million Target customers were affected, so it’s possible that even more people than that will be affected by this Home Depot credit card debacle.
Curious about how easy it is for someone to steal your credit card info? Check out the CNN video below, which shows how easy it is for shoppers to get their cards hacked.
According to security expert Brian Krebs, the hackers behind the Home Depot breach could well be the same hackers behind Target’s breach. Krebs adds that Home Depot spokesperson Paula Drake has issued a statement about the company’s investigation:
“I can confirm we are looking into some unusual activity and we are working with our banking partners and law enforcement to investigate,” Drake said. “If we confirm that a breach has a occurred, we will make sure customers are notified immediately. Right now, for security reasons, it would be inappropriate for us to speculate further – but we will provide further information as soon as possible.”