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How the Home Depot Credit-Card Breach Affects Small Contractors

How the Home Depot Credit-Card Breach Affects Small Contractors
Photograph by Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Home Depot confirmed on Sept. 8 what’s been reported since the beginning of the month: Hackers breached its computer systems earlier this year, leaving millions of customers potentially exposed to credit- and debit-card theft.

As in last year’s Target data breach, thieves appear to be selling stolen data on an online black market called Rescator. Following Target’s lead, Home Depot is offering free credit-monitoring services to customers who may have been affected—in this case, customers who have used a credit or debit card at its its U.S. or Canadian stores since April.