Note: Share this with everyone you know. If you aren't a victim of this massive breach, a friend or family member might be.
It's confirmed. Home Depot has admitted that not only did hackers breach their point-of-sale software, but 56 million credit and debit cards could be at risk. That's about 16 million more victims than the Target breach that rocked the company earlier this year.
Working alongside the U.S. Secret Service, Home Depot's security team claims that the crooks used "unique custom-built malware to evade detection" that hadn't been seen in any other attack.
I always want my listeners to protect themselves against attacks like this, but this time it's personal. My mom shopped at Home Depot between the months of April and September of this year, while the hack was secretly collecting customers' payment information.
That means that somewhere on some hacker's computer, there might be a file with her credit card information just waiting to be exploited. The advice I gave her when she called me this morning will be the same advice that I'm giving you right now.