Home Depot has confirmed that its payment processing system has been breached. Home Depot hasn’t released the scope of the breach, which it says is still being investigated. Analysts say it could be one of the largest breaches on record.
In a press release, the company confirmed the breach and states that it may have impacted “any customer that has used their payment card at our U.S. and Canadian stores, from April forward.” So far, there is no evidence that the breach affects customers who bought online at HomeDepot.com.
Home Depot stresses that any affected customers won’t be responsible for any fraudulent charges on their accounts. The company is also offering free identity protection services, including credit monitoring, to customers who shopped at a store from April 2014 on. Forbes.com writes that the company’s actions reflect “an attempt to help customers — and avoid some of the fallout that has plagued data-breach victim Target.”