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Home Depot Says its Breach Put 56 Million Credit Cards at Risk

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Home Depot said Thursday that the security breach it reported this month allowed cyberthieves to cull information from 56 million credit and debit cards, far worse in terms of data loss than a similar attack late last year on the Target store chain. The malicious software, or malware, was placed on Home Depot point-of-sale terminals, or cash registers, from April to September, the company said in a news release. The malware was found in Home Depot stores in the USA and Canada. The number of cards involved in Home Depot’s loss dwarfs the 40 million Target says were compromised over a three-week period. The Home Depot and Target cases show that big-box retailers are particularly vulnerable to cyberthieves. Thieves “are able to invest time in researching their targets to find a way into the network,” says Trey Ford, a global security strategist at the security firm Rapid7, in a statement.

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Shelly Palmer is the host of Fox Television’s "Shelly Palmer Digital Living" television show about living and working in a digital world. He is Fox 5′s (WNYW-TV New York) Tech Expert and the host of United Stations Radio Network’s, MediaBytes, a daily syndicated radio report that features insightful commentary and a unique insiders take on the biggest stories in technology, media, and entertainment.