Home Depot yesterday confirmed that millions of its customers’ credit cards may have been accessed by hackers.
The hack “could potentially impact any customer that has used their payment card at our U.S. and Canadian stores, from April forward,” Home Depot said in a statement, adding that shoppers online or at stores locations in Mexico do not appear to have been affected. The firm joins the ranks of other major stores, like Target and others, that have been the victims of successful, large-scale cyberattacks. Home Depot disclosed it was looking into reports of “unusual activity” on Sept. 2 and has offered free identity-theft protection and credit-monitoring services to anyone who shopped at a Home Depot store during the months in question. “We apologize for the frustration and anxiety this causes our customers,” Home Depot said.
The company says it plans to install “chip-enabled checkout terminals” at all stores by the end of the year.