If my mom told me one thing, it's that the more times you hear an apology, the less you believe the person making the apology. The same hackers that easily cracked Target's point-of-sale systems did the same thing to Home Depot.
The hackers are using malware that exploits easily-fixable vulnerabilities. Two-step verification for Home Depot's POS systems, for example, would have stopped this hack from happening entirely.
As an "I'm sorry" from Home Depot, the company is now offering anyone who thinks their identity might have been stolen free fraud protection from AllClearID.
That's nice of Home Depot. Sort of. I think it says something much more important about what's going on behind the scenes at these giant chains: No one trusts themselves to maintain basic security standards.
I cover cybersecurity issues every day. What I've discovered is that no one really understands how easy it is for thieves to hack into a store's payment systems. All a hacker group has to do to steal millions of credit cards is to develop new malware.
After the Target breach, companies everywhere should have jumped to protect their point-of-sale systems. Instead, Home Depot shrugged its shoulders and allowed millions of its customers to have their information stolen by the exact same program.