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Home Depot yesterday released a final count for the number of customer email addresses that was stolen by hackers - 53 million. That's in addition to the credit and debit card information of 56 million customers that was accessed by hackers.

According to the Associated Press, "The file containing the email addresses did not contain passwords or other sensitive personal information, according to Home Depot. However, it said that customers should be on guard against phishing scams. Phishing attacks are sent through texts or emails and try to trap you into disclosing personal information … Home Depot also explained how the hackers got into its system. It said that the hackers initially accessed its network in April with a third-party vendor's username and password. Home Depot said hackers stole information through malware installed on self-checkout systems in the U.S. and Canada. That's similar to what happened at Target where thieves hacked into the password of a third-party supplier."
KC's View:
Yikes. And yet, I don't have any real sense that people have stopped shopping at Home Depot because of the breach. Maybe they are being more careful about using credit and debit cards there, but in many communities, they don't have a lot of options.