53 million emails stolen in Home Depot breach

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Along with the 56 million or so credit card numbers stolen from Home Depot earlier this year, investigators said on Thursday that more than 53 million email addresses were taken, too.

A joint investigation of law enforcement officials, Home Depot representatives and independent security analysts found that no “passwords, payment card information or other sensitive personal information” was held in the stolen files which contained the customer email addresses.

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The investigation report detailed how the hack occurred. Similar to the Target breach last year, the attackers used the stolen log-in credentials of a third-party Home Depot vendor to access the company’s internal network and install custom malicious software on self-checkout machines.