Home Depot data breach triggers fraudulent transactions around the U.S.

Earlier this month, Home Depot confirmed its payment systems were breached and said some 56 million payment cards were likely compromised in a cyberattack at its stores, suggesting the hacking attack at the home improvement chain was larger than last year’s unprecedented breach at Target Corp.

The Home Depot breach has led to fraudulent transactions across the United States, draining cash from customer bank accounts.  Criminals are using stolen card information to buy prepaid cards, electronics and even groceries the Wall Street Journal said.

Home Depot had said customers who shopped at its stores as far back as April were exposed, suggesting the breach extended through the busy summer season.

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