What You Need to Know About the Home Depot Data Breach

It’s been confirmed—Home Depot publicly reported that the company has experienced a data breach impacting debit and credit cards. Have you used a credit card in the past 4-5 months at the Home Depot? You might as well consider it stolen.

Here’s what you need to know about the Home Depot breach so far:

• While credit card data was exposed, Home Depot stated that PINs were not.
• The breach affected Home Depot’s U.S. and Canadian stores.
• HomeDepot.com transactions were not affected.
• Home Depot is saying that the breach impacts customer credit and debit card numbers used in-store between April 2014 and September 2, in the U.S. and Canada.
• If the cards currently being sold by hackers are actually the cards stolen from Home Depot, the breach likely exposed the customer’s name, card number and expiration date.

What is Home Depot doing about this incident?

• The company has removed the malware from their POS network and is still investigating the incident. The company has hired recovery experts as well as two security firms to ensure this incident doesn’t happen again.
• Home Depot is also offering identity protection to any customer who used a card at one of their stores from April 2014 until now. If you have used your card at a Home Depot store during those dates and would like to take advantage of the offer, call 1-800-HOMEDEPOT.
• Additionally, Home Depot is planning to roll out EMV (Chip and Pin) to all U.S. stores by the end of the year.