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Home Depot Confirms Nationwide Data Breach

Tuesday The Home Depot confirmed a major data breach that could be the largest in history.

Home Depot Confirms Nationwide Data Breach
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First Target, now The Home Depot. The world's largest home improvement retailer confirmed a data breach Tuesday that could be the largest in history.

The company says it's still investigating the incident but believes hackers didn't get credit or debit card PIN numbers. (Video via The Home Depot)

Home Depot has more than 2,200 stores in the U.S. and Canada that could have been affected, 400 more than Target. The major difference, though, between the two breaches is how long hackers had access to customers' data. While Target's breach occurred over three weeks during the holiday season, Home Depot's window has been more than five months long.

For some perspective, more than 40 million Target customers had their credit and debit card information stolen. (Video via Target)

The CEO of The Home Depot said in a statement, "We apologize for the frustration and anxiety this causes our customers, and I want to thank them for their patience and support."

Security blogger Brian Krebs, the same person to break the news about Target's security breach, first reported Home Depot's breach a week ago.

According to Krebs, the malware and hackers behind the attack are possibly the same group who were responsible for the Target breach. 

Home Depot also said Tuesday it is offering free identity-protection services to all customers who used a payment card from April until now.

This video includes images from Getty Images.