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Home Depot confirms breach

After nearly a week of investigation, Home Depot on Monday confirmed that intruders had indeed broken into its payment networks and accessed credit and debit card data belonging to an unspecified number of customers who shopped at its US and Canadian stores.

The statement announcing the breach did not detail the number of stores affected or the total number of cards compromised. Instead, it merely noted that the company is looking into the possibility that the breach occurred in April.

Home Depot also said there is no evidence that debit Personal Identification Numbers (PIN) were compromised. Nor is there evidence the breach affected any Home Depot stores in Mexico or purchases made online at the company's website.

Since being told about the breach last Tuesday, Home Depot has been working around the clock to mitigate the situation, the company added.

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