On Sept. 18, Home Depot issued a press release confirming a data breach of its computer systems. Millions of customers were exposed to potential credit card theft, and the news is particularly troublesome for construction and building trade professionals.
According to Bloomberg Businessweek:
The hack may have disproportionately affected small business owners: Professional builders and contractors account for as much as 40 percent of Home Depot sales and 4 percent of the chain’s total customers, according to Drew Reading, an analyst for Bloomberg Intelligence. The New York Times reports that the number of card numbers stolen could top 60 million. Read More
If you're a Home Depot customer, experts suggest careful monitoring of your credit card statements. Those who have made a purchase from Home Dept since April are eligible for free identity protection services, according to this notice from the company.
Here's more information from Home Depot on the data breach: