Home Depot has confirmed that a data breach occurred on their payment data systems in their stores in the United States and Canada and dates back to April 2014.
Home Depot is offering free services including credit monitoring, identity monitoring and an identity theft insurance policy for anyone who shopped at a store since April 2014. Currently, they believe online shopping was not impacted. For more information about these services, please visit https://homedepot.allclearid.com/.
According to Krebs on Security, a massive amount of credit and debit card numbers went on sale on the black market September 2nd. Some news outlets estimate that as many as 60 million debit and credit card accounts were compromised. In addition, reports have mentioned that this is a variant of the same malware that caused the Target breach, affecting 40 million card numbers, in 4Q 2013.
What can you do?
- Closely monitor your accounts for suspicious transactions, and report them immediately by contacting the Unity One Member Contact Center at 1-800-628-5517 or notifying us online.
- Sign up for e-alerts through home banking. If you are an e-statement user, you can sign up to receive free e-mail or text message alerts, notifying you of low balances, unauthorized account activity, routine withdrawals or deposits and much more.
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