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Hackers broke into Home Depot's payment systems as early as April 2014

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Home Depot has confirmed yesterday that hackers did broke into its payment systems, and probably as far back as April of this year.

Home Depot's hackers attack might be even larger and more extended than Target's was last year.

In Target's case, hackers slipped in for three weeks and grabbed 40 million debit and credit cards. Worse, hackers remained in Home Depot's payment systems unnoticed for about five months.

Hackers stole debit and credit card data from shoppers in the United States and Canada. The question now is how many millions of shoppers are affected.

Home Depot said it's still investigating the security breach, but said there's still "no evidence" debit card PINs were exposed.

In a statement, Home Depot CEO Frank Blake said-- "We do apologize for the frustration and anxiety this causes our customers, and I want to thank them for their patience and support as we work through this issue."

The company says it first became aware of the breach on Sept. 2nd, after receiving calls from banks and law enforcement. Home Depot said it's working with the U.S. Secret Service to determine the scope of the security breach.

So far, Home Depot thinks that only customers who shopped at brick-and-mortar stores in the U.S. and Canada were affected. Online customers -- and those who shopped in its Mexico stores -- were apparently spared.

The company is taking measures that are now typical of retailers victimized by cyberthieves. It's offering free identity protection and credit monitoring to anyone who shopped there since April, and the store is replacing its card swiping terminals with machines that accept the more secure chip-enabled EMV cards.

Home Depot now joins the growing list of companies that have lost your data in the past year-- Albertson's, Target, Michaels, Neiman Marcus, P.F. Chang's and SuperValu.

Source: Home Depot.

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