AG advises of Home Depot data breach

This Aug. 14, 2012 file photo shows a Home Depot store in Nashville, Tenn. On Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, the home improvement retailer said that it's looking into "unusual activity" and that it's working with both banks and law enforcement after suspicions of a credit card data breach. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — If you’ve shopped at Home Depot between now and April of this year, you need to watch your debit and credit card accounts, says Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin.

Information on just how wide the data breach extends has not yet been released. But Tuesday, the big box home improvement retailer issued a statement indicating the cyber attack may have affected transactions as far back as April, according to a news release Wednesday from Kilmartin’s office.

The retailer is offering a free year of credit monitoring to any customer who used a payment card at a Home Depot store during the period concerned. You can sign up at http://homedepot.com or call (800) 466-3337 (800-HOMEDEPOT).

In addition to signing up for credit monitoring, Kilmartin encourages consumers to check their debit and credit card accounts daily online, and immediately report unusual activity to your financial institutions.

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