Home Depot May Be the Latest POS Malware Victim
Home Depot confirmed that it is investigating "some unusual activity" and working with banking partners and law enforcement.U.S. home improvement retail giant Home Depot could potentially be the latest victim of a data breach at its stores. "At this point, I can confirm that we're looking into some unusual activity and we are working with our banking partners and law enforcement to investigate," a Home Depot spokesperson wrote in an email to eWEEK. "Protecting our customers' information is something we take extremely seriously, and we are aggressively gathering facts at this point while working to protect customers." The spokesperson added that if Home Depot does confirm that a breach has occurred, the company will make sure customers are notified immediately. "Right now, for security reasons, it would be inappropriate for us to speculate further," the spokesperson wrote. Data breaches at retailers have been a growing concern in 2014, and if the Home Depot breach is, in fact, confirmed, the retailer will join other big-name companies.
On Dec. 9, 2013, Target first publicly revealed that it had been the victim of a data breach, which now carries a price tag of $148 million. Neiman Marcus followed in January with a public disclosure that it, too, had been breached. Restaurant chain P.F. Chang's admitted on June 12 that an attacker had breached its systems.