Trend in Company Breaches Due to Hacking on The Rise
Home Depot’s breach may be even larger then the Target hack last year. When Target was hacked criminals gained access to their systems and stole 40 million debit and credit cards. Hackers remained in Home Depot’s computers — unnoticed — for about five months.
Hackers stole everything including credit cards, debit cards, personal information and we are still unsure of the full extent.
Here’s more from the Times:
Last week, before Home Depot had confirmed the hack, customers in Georgia had already filed a class-action lawsuit against the retailer for failing to protect customers from fraud and failing to alert them to the breach in a timely manner… The Department of Homeland Security and the Secret Service recently estimated that more than 1,000 businesses in the United States had been infected with the malware, which is programmed to siphon payment card details from in-store cash registers. They believed that many of these businesses did not even know they were leaking customers’ credit card information.
Among the companies that have been hacked are UPS, Goodwill, P.F. Chang’s, Sally’s Beauty, Michael’s, Neiman Marcus, and now Home Depot. Security experts believe the same group of criminals in Eastern Europe is behind the attacks, according to several people briefed on the results of forensics investigations who were not allowed to speak publicly because of nondisclosure agreements. In each case, the entry point has differed, according to one law enforcement official. At Target, it was thought to be a Pennsylvania company that provided heating, air-conditioning and refrigeration services to the retailer. The entry points for the other businesses are still unknown.