WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- A five-month breach of the software of hardware giant Home Depot may have comprised as many as 56 million credit cards, a breach bigger than the one at Target that affected 40 million cards, according to multiple reports.
Home Depot, which said it learned of the scale of the breach on Sept. 2, said that the malware has been eliminated from its systems in a statement released Wednesday.
Home Depot, the largest home improvement retailer in the nation, acknowledged the breach on Sept. 8.
"We apologize for the frustration and anxiety this causes our customers, and I want to thank them for their patience and support as we work through this issue," said Frank Blake, chairman and CEO. "We owe it to our customers to alert them that we now have enough evidence to confirm that a breach has indeed occurred. It’s important to emphasize that no customers will be responsible for fraudulent charges to their accounts."
The Home Depot is offering free identity protection services, including credit monitoring, to any customer who used a payment card at a Home Depot store in 2014, from April on. Customers who wish to take advantage of these services can learn more at http://www.homedepot.com or by calling 1-800-HOMEDEPOT (800-466-3337).
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