Home Depot Says Hackers Stole 53 Million Customer Email Addresses
- By Matt Holden
- Nov 07, 2014
Home Depot Inc. has said that hackers stole 53 million email addresses in addition to payment card data. It said the hackers accessed its network with a vendor’s username and password.
In September the Atlanta-based home repair retailer disclosed a massive data breach that involved 56 million debit and credit cards between April and September.
The company said the file containing the email addresses did not contain passwords or other sensitive personal information, but customers should be on guard against phishing scams that might trick them into sharing personal information. It is notifying affected customers in the U.S. and Canada.
Matt Holden is an Associate Content Editor for 1105 Media, Inc. He received his MFA and BA in journalism from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. He currently writes and edits for Occupational Health & Safety magazine, and Security Today.