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Goodwill/Home Depot – Latest Victims In Security Breach

NEW YORK (AP) — Home Depot may be the latest retailer to suffer a major credit card data breach. Multiple banks reported “evidence that Home Depot stores may be the source of a massive new batch of stolen credit and debit cards” that went on sale on the black market earlier Tuesday.

It's not clear how many stores were affected but preliminary analysis indicates the breach may have affected all 2,200 Home Depot stores in the U.S. Several banks that were contacted said they believe the breach may have started in late April or early May. If this is true, and even a portion of HD stores were compromised; this breach could be much larger than Target's that had 40 million credit and debit cards stolen over a three-week period. The party responsible for the breach may be the same group of Russian and Ukrainian hackers suspected in the Target breach late last year.

In a separate statement Tuesday, Goodwill said its customers' credit and debit card numbers had been stolen at more than 300 stores in 19 states and Washington, D.C. From February 2013 through Aug. 14. Goodwill blamed the security lapse on an unidentified contractor's payment processing system. Reports about fraud linked to shoppers' cards have been “very limited,” Goodwill said. List of affected stores.

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