ALERT! Home Depot Hacked ALERT!

Published On September 3, 2014 | By Tom Huskerson | Alerts, Breach Briefs, News and Analysis

1024px-TheHomeDepot.svgHome Depot is investigating a major data breach that looks like the Target stores cyber disaster.

According to Krebs on Security  numerous banks reported seeing evidence that Home Depot stores could be the source of a massive new data breach. A huge batch of stolen credit and debit cards went on sale yesterday in underground cyber crime websites. Home Depot spokesperson Paula Drake confirmed that the company is working in concert with banks and law enforcement agencies to investigate the suspicious activity.

Reading from a prepared statement Drake stated; “I can confirm we are looking into some unusual activity and we are working with our banking partners and law enforcement to investigate. 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 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.”

The data  stolen from Home Depot is for sale on rescator.cc,  the same site that posted Target stores stolen data. According to Krebs this may indicate the same group perpetrated both breaches. The batches for sale were named “American Sanctions” and “European Sanctions.”  Krebs speculated the hack may have been retribution by Russian hackers in response to sanctions imposed on Russia for its actions in Ukraine. The Home Depot breach may go back as far as April, suggesting it could be an even larger breach than Target’s.

Home Depot said it would make sure customers are notified if the company identified a breach. 

For more information please see

Home Depot’s Suspected Breach Adds Security Pressure

Home Depot’s Credit Cards May Have Been Breached

Home Depot Investigating Massive Hack

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Tom Huskerson Bio Born in Richmond Virginia Tom Huskerson is a military veteran who settled in California after his discharge. He attended Santa Barbara City College where he began his writing career as a campus reporter. He worked as an intern news reporter for the Santa Barbara News-Press writing feature stories before moving on to San Francisco. At San Francisco State University Tom studied broadcast communications and began to focus on the Internet. He completed his graduate thesis on Internet advertising. Tom was the first student to ever focus on the Internet as a graduate student at San Francisco State University. After graduation he went to work for Zona Research in California’s Silicone Valley. As a research associate Tom supported senior analyst writing on the latest developments in the Internet industry. During the dot com boom Tom worked for several web businesses as a market researcher and analyst. As a writer and researcher Tom has authored various technical works including a training program for Charles Schwab security. Other projects included professional presentations on workplace violence and hiring security contractors. Tom has returned to focus on writing both fiction and non-fiction works and blogging for a travel website. He has published two books of short stories and completed two novels. Tom is the owner of Scribe of Life Literature and EbonyCandle. Most recently Tom has launched the blog African American Cyber Report. The blog is the result of his desire to inform the African American community of the dangers and benefits of the cyber age. In his blog Tom reports on information security, new and analysis, scams and hoaxes, legal happenings and various topics that arise from the age of information. Tom believes that technology is a necessary tool for black people and they should know what is happening. Tom writes believing that techno speak is for the professional and that valuable information can be communicated using plain language. As a result he has embraced the motto, Less Tech, More Knowledge.

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