The fallout from Home Depot's now confirmed data breach of its payment systems runs wide and deep. After a week-long open speculation by the media, the nation’s largest home improvement company confirmed that it’s investigating a data breach of payment transactions as of April 2014 (the last five months). Citing that the full scope, scale and impact of the breach have yet to be determined, various predictions hold that it will represent the cyber theft in history up to tens of millions of individual data records.
Home Depot can get in line with Target (until now considered the largest breach, in December 2013, lost 40 million debit and credit card numbers affecting 70 million consumers to cyber-attackers), Neiman Marcus, Supervalu Grocery, P.F. Chang's famous restaurant chain and even the thrift store operations of Goodwill, all victims of cyber-attack.
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