Hackers infiltrated Home Depot’s payment system and stole an untold amount of shopper information, perhaps including credit-card numbers, the construction-equipment retail giant confirmed in a statement Monday.
The hack “could potentially impact any customer that has used their payment card at our U.S. and Canadian stores, from April forward,” Home Depot said in a statement, adding that shoppers online or at stores locations in Mexico do not appear to have been affected.
The firm joins the ranks of other major stores, like Target and others, that have been the victims of successful, large-scale cyberattacks.
Home Depot disclosed it was looking into reports of “unusual activity” on Sept. 2 and has offered free identity-theft protection and credit-monitoring services to anyone who shopped at a Home Depot store during the months in question.
“We apologize for the frustration and anxiety this causes our customers,” Home Depot said.