Los Angeles, CA: In what may turn out to be the largest known data breach of a retail company' computer network, Home Depot has confirmed that hackers had broken into its in-store payments systems.
While the exact number of customers affected by the data breach is not currently known, it is suspected that the total number of stolen credit card numbers could exceed 60 million.
The breach may have affected any customer at Home Depot stores in the United States and Canada from April to early last week, said Paula Drake, a company spokeswoman. Customers at Home Depot' Mexico stores were not affected, nor were online shoppers at HomeDepot.com. Personal identification numbers for debit cards were not taken, she said.
The DIY retailer, which operates 1,977 stores in the US and 180 in Canada, has not confirmed any other details of the data breach.