Home Depot confirms major data breach

Home Depot's customers' payment information at more than 2,000 stores could be at risk

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP)–  First, it was Target, then Neiman Marcus, and the list goes on. Now, Home Depot has announced they are too have fallen victim to a major security breach, one that some experts suggest could affect tens of millions of their customers.

Keith Makarowski, who works in Springfield, told 22News Home Depot’s announcement is not surprising. “I’m sure it’s just the first of many dominos to fall. As many people want to use credit, there are as many computer hackers out there trying to get at your information. I’m sure we’ll see a lot more to come.”

The experts here at Northeast IT systems told 22News that one of the challenges to these major retailers is trying to figure out if the breach happened inside the store like where you swipe your card to pay, or if the hackers are getting into their main data system a different way.

Joel Mollison, President of Northeast IT Systems, said that a mistake as small as an employee opening a contaminated email on the retailer’s computer system and the hacker’s are in. He also said similar issues are not uncommon on the smaller, local business level too.

“If somebody is not careful about their security measures in place, then they can expose all of their clients to something like this. Maybe not at this scale, but they can expose at least their clients locally.”

In Home Depots case, the retailer says the breach goes back as far as April and could affect customers who shopped at its more than 2,000 stores in the United States and Canada. If you have shopped at one of those stores, be sure to keep a close eye on your credit card and bank statements.

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