Home Depot: 53 Million E-Mail Addresses Also Stolen In Data Breach This Year


home-depotHackers stole 53 million email addresses in addition to customers’ card data, Home Depot said Thursday.

The nation’s largest home improvement chain had disclosed the massive, monthslong breach of 56 million debit and credit cards in September. The staggering figure made the breach between April and September at stores in the U.S. and Canada the second largest for a retailer on record.

Home Depot is one of several retailers that have reported large hacks over the past year. Target’s 2013 breach compromised 40 million credit and debit cards and hurt sales and profits. Michaels, SuperValu and Neiman Marcus have also reported breaches.

While shoppers appear to have grown numb to the hacks, the breaches have forcing changes in retailing. Target’s breach pushed banks, retailers and card companies to increase security by speeding the adoption of microchips in U.S. credit and debit cards, which supporters say are more secure. Home Depot reiterated Thursday that it will be activating chip-enabled checkout terminals at all of its U.S. stores by the end of the year.

The file containing the email addresses did not contain passwords or other sensitive personal information, according to Home Depot. However, it said that customers should be on guard against phishing scams. Phishing attacks are sent through texts or emails and try to trap you into disclosing personal information.

The company is notifying affected customers in the U.S. and Canada.

Read more at CBS LOCAL.

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