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Home Depot Hacked in 2014

By Nextrio on October 21st, 2015 Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditlinkedinmailby feather

homedepotThe Home Depot is a big-box home improvement store that operates throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico. As the largest home improvement retailer in the United States, The Home Depot hack of 2014 affected millions of customers and demonstrated the continuing need for managed IT solutions and security for all businesses, both large and small. Keep reading to learn more about the details of this famous incident and how your business can prevent data leakage with the help of an experienced IT service.

The Breach

Following The Home Depot’s information breach, it was revealed that hackers had gained access to the company’s computer system for a period of approximately five months via stolen information from a third-party vendor associated. Following the initial break-in, a weakness in the company’s Microsoft Windows operating system made data access even easier. During the breach, the perpetrators stole information that included email addresses and credit card and debit card numbers from those who had shopped in the company’s American and Canadian stores. Months after the attack, The Home Depot announced that as many as 53-56 million customers had been affected by the data breach.

Possible Prevention

Following The Home Depot’s system breach, reports emerged stating that the company had failed to instate certain additional security measures, despite multiple warnings from IT security consultants and the mounting number of hacks affecting other large companies, such as Target and Michaels. Consultants have stated that these security measures may have provided the added layers of protection needed to keep consumer payment information private when paying at the register. Thus, The Home Depot’s breach serves to underscore the importance and responsibility of businesses to maintain and utilize security software to protect user data.

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