Russian Hackers Hit Home Depot with "Massive" Credit Card Theft
September 2, 2014 5:13 PM
Reportedly theft may eclipse Target hack, with over 40 million cards believed to be stolen by Russian Hackers
Americans may soon be hearing some shocking news as
retail giant Home Depot
) has reportedly been linked to a "massive" loss of customer data to hackers operating out of Russia and Eastern Europe. According to
the breach may involve the theft of over 40 million credit cards, stolen using point-of-sale (PoS) malware deployed across most of the retailer's 2,200 U.S. stores. Reportedly, the attack may eclipse the
shocking data breach that occurred at Target
over the 2013 holiday season
Security researcher Brian Krebs
caught wind of the hack
when a massive batch of millions of stolen credit cards was offered up for sale on cybercrime hub rescator[dot]cc. The cards were posted under the headings "U.S. Sanctions" and "European Sanctions", titles that suggest that these cybercriminals are looking to legitimize their efforts as a
retaliation against the U.S. and European governments for their sanctions against Russia
involvement in eastern Ukraine
The "U.S. Sanctions" heading contains data on cards issued by American banks, while the "European Sanctions" heading has European bank-issued credit card data.
The stolen cards allegedly come from a hack of Home Depot, the largest home improvement supplies store in the U.S. Home Depot spokeswoman Paula Drake comments:
I can confirm we are looking into some unusual activity and we are working with our banking partners and law enforcement to investigate.
Protecting our customers’ information is something we take extremely seriously, and we are aggressively gathering facts at this point while working to protect customers. If we confirm that a breach has a occurred, we will make sure customers are notified immediately. Right now, for security reasons, it would be inappropriate for us to speculate further – but we will provide further information as soon as possible.
Given the political rammifications, Home Depot may receive extra help from the governments of states with affected banks. Likewise banks are reportedly circling their wagons to try to limit the damage of the huge data loss.
The timeframe -- both beginning and (possibly) end -- of the Home Depot hack are unclear. Brian Krebs writes:
Several banks contacted by this reporter said they believe this breach may extend back to late April or early May 2014. If that is accurate — and if even a majority of Home Depot stores were compromised — this breach could be many times larger than Target, which had 40 million credit and debit cards stolen over a three-week period.
Krebs on Security
"Folks that want porn can buy an Android phone." -- Steve Jobs
Russia Looks to Counter U.S. Sanctions With Bill Targeting American Tech Firms
July 22, 2014, 3:49 PM
Boeing 777 Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 Crashes in Ukraine
July 17, 2014, 1:00 PM
Target Hands $28.8M Golden Parachute to Fired CEO, Despite Data Breach
May 20, 2014, 2:56 PM
HVAC Firm at Center of Target Data Breach Also Counts Wal-Mart, Costco as Customers
February 5, 2014, 9:35 PM
Retail Stores Tracking Customers Who Make Returns, Creating "Return Profiles"
August 13, 2013, 10:25 AM
Google plans ultra-fast wireless Internet for Research Triangle Park, N.C.
August 12, 2016, 6:30 AM
Twitter Senior VP: "Diversity is Important, But We Can’t Lower the Bar"
November 9, 2015, 9:59 AM
CNN Resorts to Internet Censorship to Promote Clinton Over Senator Sanders
October 15, 2015, 2:47 PM
Breaking Bad: How to Crash Google's Chrome Browser With Just 8 Characters
September 23, 2015, 11:08 AM
Quick Note: Amazon UK Offers £10 Back on Any Order £50 or Over
August 3, 2015, 12:05 PM
Editorial: Reddit Allows Itself to be Hijacked as a Hate Platform For Racist Bigots
July 21, 2015, 6:32 PM
Most Popular Articles
Sales Battle - Apple iPad Mini vs Samsung Galaxy Tab
November 29, 2016, 12:36 AM
Phillips 55’ 4K Smart TV – Is This Really a Deal? We Think So.
November 25, 2016, 9:44 AM
PlayStation 4 Pro – 4K Console for 4K TVs
November 28, 2016, 1:00 AM
Lenovo Yoga 900 and Lenovo Yogo 900S – Powerful Performance in an Ultra-Thin Packages
November 27, 2016, 5:00 AM
Best Phones of 2016 - Priced under $650.00
November 27, 2016, 5:00 AM
Latest Blog Posts
Dec 3, 2016, 5:00 AM
Dec 2, 2016, 5:00 AM
Surface Ergonomic Keyboard
Dec 1, 2016, 3:01 AM
Chapeconense plane crash: Football rallies around Brazilian Team
Nov 30, 2016, 1:00 AM
How to Extends Your iPhone’s Battery Life
Nov 29, 2016, 12:49 AM
Nov 28, 2016, 1:12 AM
News: Fidel Castro
Nov 27, 2016, 5:00 AM
Nov 26, 2016, 5:00 AM
Changes in Social status affect the way genes turn on and off within immune cells.
Nov 25, 2016, 5:12 AM
Austrian far–right hopeful Hofer may back EU vote.
Nov 24, 2016, 4:00 AM
Final Fantasy XV Leaked Before Nov 29 Launch Date
Nov 23, 2016, 1:00 AM
Nov 22, 2016, 2:26 AM
Nov 21, 2016, 1:00 AM
HTC Makes Big Moves in China
Nov 20, 2016, 2:00 AM
Do you know who is the number one company in the word?
Nov 19, 2016, 5:30 AM
Foldable Cardboard ”EcoHelmet” wins James Dyson Award’s Top Prize
Nov 18, 2016, 2:39 AM
Scientists Discover Roundest Object Ever Spotted in Universe
Nov 17, 2016, 1:00 AM
Smallest Device Lets You Print Almost from Anywhere
Nov 16, 2016, 9:32 AM
Cancer Screening in the Community Is there a link between Cancer and Poverty?
Nov 15, 2016, 8:00 AM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2016 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information