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Orange is the New Hack: Home Depot Admits Data Breach

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UPDATE: Home Depot? More like, Data Depot. After a week of rumors, the home improvement megastore finally admits hackers got into their payment systems and stole customer information.

While they haven’t said how many are affected, security analysts say it could be as many as 60 million — even larger than Target’s breach back in the Spring.

“When we heard about this, we got pretty worried because we have shopped with them in the past,” Heimark Turcios said. “But with this, we’re not sure we we want to go there anymore.”

What’s worse is that it looks like the breach goes all the way back to April, meaning if you shopped there anytime in the last five months, anywhere in the US or Canada, you’re on the list.

The good news is that individual pin numbers aren’t affected and neither are purchases made online. So far, anyway.

Despite he headaches, not everyone is quick to judge.

“It’s just what happens when everything’s on computers these days. There are people that know how to get into it, but to me that’s just the way it’s going to go. It’s always going to happen and you just have to do what you can to protect against it,” shopper Jeff Nims said.

In the meantime, keep an eye on those credit card statements.

ORIGINAL STORY:

Here we go again. Another hack attack. This time, Home Depot says it may have been the target of a massive data breach, and it may be bigger than the Target attack that hit 40 million customers.

“Protecting our customers’ information is something we take extremely seriously, and we are aggressively gathering facts at this point while working to protect customers,” said a statement from Home Depot spokeswoman Paula Drake.

Experts say thieves may have been stealing credit and debit card numbers since May.