ATLANTA (9/3/14)--Home improvement retailer Home Depot said Tuesday that it is investigating a possible breach of consumers' credit and debit card information.
"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," said Paula Drake, a spokesperson for the Atlanta-based company (Bank Info Security Sept. 2).
Information security blogger Brian Krebs reported that a massive batch of credit and debit card information--likely from Home Depot--went on sale on an Internet site that specializes in stolen data (USA TODAY Sept. 2).
Home Depot has more than 2,200 stores in the United States, Canada and Mexico, and the breach could have begun in late April or early May of this year, Krebs said.
If the breach is confirmed for a large number of the store's locations, its scope could be as wide as that of the Target Corp., which compromised 40 million credit and debit card accounts as well as personal information for 70 million customers in late 2013, he noted.
Last week, Dairy Queen also was hit by the "Backoff" malware--a malicious software that is suspected to have affected point-of-sale systems at more than 1,000 retailers, including United Parcel Service and SuperValu.
Also on Tuesday, Goodwill Industries International released the locations where customer payment information had been compromised. In July, it announced the investigation of a breach at more than 300 stores.