North American retailer Home Depot has revealed it has suffered a data breach that could potentially compromise the data of up to 56 million customers across the US and Canada.
The information was stolen through a malware attack that began in April and was only detected earlier this month, at which point the threat was finally eliminated.
However, that has meant that over the summer months millions of people may have had their stolen details used fraudulently.
Home Depot has offered free data protection services to its customers, announcing via its website: “We are offering customers who used a payment card at a Home Depot store in 2014, from April on, 12 months of free identity-protection services, including credit monitoring.”
The use of good data management software with up-to-date security measures built in can offer companies solid protection against such breaches and ensure they do not suffer similar problems, which can lead to a loss of custom.
Earlier this year it was revealed that millions of people might have had their data compromised thanks to the Heartbleed bug, a flaw in the Open SSL data cryptographic system.