The Home Depot Reports 56-Million Payment Cards Impacted By Breach

CBS Miami

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Home Depot estimated Thursday that a cyber attack earlier in the year affected 56-million unique payment cards.

The Atlanta-based retailer’s officials said the company has eliminated the malware behind the attacks that took place between April and September.

It said it has also completed a “major” payment security project that provides enhanced encryption of customers’ payment data in the company’s U.S. stores.

The Home Depot also is confirming its sales-growth estimates for the fiscal year and expects to earn $4.54 per share in fiscal 2014, up 2 cents from its prior guidance.

The investigation into a possible breach began September 2 after The Home Depot received reports from its banking partners and law enforcement that criminals may have breached its systems.

There is no evidence that debit PIN were compromised according to officials.

The Home Depot is offering free identity protection services, including credit monitoring, to any customer who used a…

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