Monday, September 22, 2014

Security Breaches Down, Cost Up

While the number of security breaches has decreased, the scale and cost has nearly doubled, according to cyber attacks experts. The overall investment in security as part of total Intelligence Technology budget is increasing across all sectors - even in the most frugal industries. Beyond those alleged spectacular international hackings reported in 2014, some of the worst security breaches were actually caused by inadvertent human error in the United States, not orchestrated in a remote place in Malaysia by a group of cyber terrorists.

Home Depot to Customers 

"As you may have heard, on September 8, 2014, we confirmed that our payment data systems have been breached, which could potentially impact customers using payment cards at our U.S. and Canadian stores. On September 18, 2014, we confirmed that the malware used in the breach has been eliminated from our U.S. and Canadian stores and that we have completed a major payment security project that provides enhanced encryption of payment data at point of sale throughout our U.S. stores, offering significant new protection for customers.

There is no evidence that debit PIN numbers were compromised or that checks were impacted. Additionally, there is no evidence that the breach has impacted stores in Mexico or customers who shopped online at

We are offering customers who used a payment card at a Home Depot store in 2014, from April on, 12 months of free identity protection services, including credit monitoring, beginning on September 19, 2014. We apologize for the frustration and anxiety this may cause you and we thank you for your patience during this time.

For more information, please visit our website where you’ll find frequently asked questions, helpful tips, our Important Customer Notice, and information about how to take advantage of the free identity protection services, including credit monitoring. Should you have questions regarding the authenticity of this email or any additional questions over the coming days and weeks, please call 1-800-HOMEDEPOT.

We hope this information is useful and we appreciate your continued support."

The Home Depot


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