The Home Depot acknowledged today that its payment system suffered a security breach that has apparently exposed credit card data since April, though the retailer noted that personal identification numbers (PINs) were not stolen.
The extent of the breach—in terms of the number of consumers affected—hasn't been revealed, but the Atlanta-based company said it entailed credit cards used in stores in the United States and Canada. Home Depot first hinted that security trouble may be afoot last Tuesday when it announced an investigation that involved law enforcement, banks and security specialists.
For the retail sector in general, the development marks the latest in a string of data break-ins, with Target and Neiman Marcus also getting hit. Security blogger Brian Krebs reports that Home Depot was victimized by the same malware system used against Target, which was successfully targeted by hackers during the 2013 holidays.
Home Depot has more than 2,200 stores, with the grand majority in the U.S. and Canada.