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Customers worried about Home Depot's security breach

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SAGINAW COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

Another big-name company is investigating a possible data breach. This time it's the Home Depot.

The company hasn't said much, only that it's working with investigators, but experts say it could be bigger than the target breach last year, which affected 40 million debit and credit cards.

"Well, it's scary because I have a Home Depot credit card," Herb Keyes said.

Numerous customers may have had their credit and debit card information stolen in a mysterious hack attack. Now consumers like Keyes are concerned.

"You just never know on anything nowadays," he said.

Meanwhile, an area computer security expert has advice for customers who might be affected by the possible breach.

"At this point the best thing to do would be to contact your financial institution if you think you've been compromised. Certainly keep track of your statements and watch for any suspicious activity," Jeff Alles said.

Alles is with Samsa in Saginaw Township. His company works to protect businesses and their customers from online intruders. But despite advances in cyber-security Alles admits breaches will always be a risk for consumers.

"This certainly won't be the last time we see a compromise like this. It's a fact of life when you're dealing with these sorts of transactions," Alles said.

For now, the investigation at Home Depot continues. As for Keyes, he wants this issue resolved quickly.

"Well I hope they find out and get it straightened out. We definitely need our credit card," he said.

Home Depot has not returned TV5's calls seeking a comment on its possible security breach.

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