Home Depot investigates potential credit card data breach

by: The Associated Press Updated:


NEW YORK — Home Depot is investigating a potential credit card data breach.

The Atlanta home improvement retailer told The Associated Press Tuesday that it's looking into "unusual activity" and that it's working with both banks and law enforcement.

The possible data breach was first reported by Brian Krebs of Krebs on Security, a website that focuses on cyber security. Krebs said multiple banks reported "evidence that Home Depot stores may be the source of a massive new batch of stolen credit and debit cards."

The Krebs report says that the responsible party may be the same group of Russian and Ukrainian hackers suspected in last year's massive breach at Target Corp.

Shares of The Home Depot Inc. are down 2 percent to $90.91 in late trading.

Home Depot spokeswoman Paula Drake sent the following statement to KIRO 7 on Tuesday:

"At this point, I can confirm that we’re looking into some unusual activity and we are working with our banking partners and law enforcement to investigate. Protecting our customers’ information is something we take extremely seriously, and we are aggressively gathering facts at this point while working to protect customers. If we confirm that a breach has occurred, we will make sure customers are notified immediately.

Right now, for security reasons, it would be inappropriate for us to speculate further. We will provide further information as soon as possible."

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