Hackers Used Third Party Suppliers Username and Password to access the System of Home Depot
Last week Home Depot, the largest home improvement chain of the U. S said that hackers have stolen 53 million e-mail addresses along with the previously declared compromised customers' card data.
In September, the chain had unveiled this news of months-long breach of 56 million debit and credit cards which surpassed the pre Christmas data breach of another retailer, Target's data theft in 2013. Target's data breach compromised credit and debit card information of 40 million customers and hurt its sales as well as profits.
These are not the only cases of data breach. Other retailers like Michaels, Neiman Marcus and SuperValu have gone through similar crisis since the latter half of last year. However these breaches have been considerably smaller in significance.
Home Depot recently claimed that it has traced the second data theft of credit card details from its system to the compromised username and password of a supplier. Though the chain did not mention the name of the supplier yet this show how important it is for the retail supply chains to amply secure its information systems security.
The chain explained the process how the hackers broke into the system initially accessing its network in April using the username and password of a third party vendor. This is somewhat similar to what happened at Target too where the hackers stole information by getting into the system using a third-party suppliers password.
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