It wasn’t ShellShock or HeartBleed that caused credit card woes within Home Depot – it was continuing to use an outdated, unsupported operating system. Yikes! Sadly, this is one of the reasons why Target was targeted (pardon the pun) as they were also using Windows XP Embedded. If you happen to see a point of sale cash register using Windows XP, it might not be a bad idea to pay cash instead of swiping your credit/debit card.
“The fallout from the Home Depot data breach is starting to be felt by financial institutions. Credit unions have spent nearly $60 million to reissue cards, deal with fraud and cover other costs as a result of the breach.”
Today on the front page of USA Today, the main article showed that 500 million records have been stolen in the last 12 months. To put that in perspective, there are 310 million people in the United States, 35 million people in Canada, and 120 million people in Mexico. So more records were stolen in the last 12 months than for each individual living in the US, Canada, and Mexico.
And now Staples is investigating a possible breach of credit/debit card data:
Scary stuff considering the population of the United States stands at around 310 million people. More in the article below.