Home Depot said that they indeed had a security breach of customer payment data that occurred at its stores. Target, Michaels Stores, Neiman Marcus, and even P.F. Chang’s said they were victims of security breaches over the past few months.
Home Depot is not saying what kind of data was hacked or how many customers were affected. They said that no debit card personal identification codes had been compromised. That is the good news. The bad news is that we don’t know WHAT they stole or how they are going to use it. That, to me, is more scary because of the unknown. The New York Times wrote that a source said the total number of payment cards exposed could exceed 60 million and the breach may have begun in late April and extend to all 2,200 Home Depot stores in the US. Ouch.
Here in San Diego, Bartell Hotels says a security breach at five of their hotels throughout the city. The credit and debit card information of as man as 55,000 people was compromised in this incident. Best Western Plus, Island Palms Hotel, The Marina on Shelter Island, The Dana Inn on Mission Bay, Humphreys on Shelter Island, The Pacific Terrace Hotel in Pacific Beach and the Days Hotel on Hotel Circle South are all involved in the compromise.
Here is the overall warning: Anyone who shopped at a Home Depot store with a payment card since April may be exposed to the hack. Keep your eye on your bank account.
Now, let’s talk about the possibility of Apple adding NFC to their devices. Sorry, I’m still not feeling safe about all that. Should I?
Rock forth, Mitch
If you liked this post, I would love it if you left a comment and/or shared it! Thanks!