“A massive batch of credit and debit card information that went on sale on a criminal Internet site Tuesday [Sept. 2, 2014] may be from Home Depot stores and could be linked to hackers previously responsible for breaches at Target and P.F. Chang’s, security experts say,” reports USA Today.
The story adds: “ ‘The breach could have begun in late April or early May of this year,’ according to the website Krebsonsecurity.com,” which is where USA Today found the story.
The USA Today story notes: “If that is true, this incident could dwarf the Target [stores] breach, in which credit and debit accounts were compromised over a three-week period.”
The article also says: “Home Depot spokeswoman Paula Drake said she could only ‘confirm that we’re looking into some unusual activity and we are working with our banking partners and law enforcement to investigate.’
“The data put up for sale was labeled ‘American Sanctions.’ Brian Krebs of Krebsonsecurity.com called the naming ‘what can only be interpreted as intended retribution for U.S. and European sanctions against Russia for its aggressive actions in Ukraine.’ ”