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Home Depot Data Breach Lawsuit Alleges Complacency to Blame

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Atlanta, GAA consolidated Home Depot data breach lawsuit, filed on behalf of consumers who say they were harmed by the data hack, alleges that Home Depot’s management is to blame for the security. The lawsuit alleges that complacency in securing customer data allowed hackers to access private consumer financial and personal information.

According to court documents filed in the lawsuit, the Home Depot data breach allowed hackers to access information of up to 56 million Home Depot customers between April 1, 2014 and September 18, 2014. Lawsuits were filed by consumers and financial institutions affected by the data breach. Those lawsuits were consolidated for pretrial proceedings before Judge Thomas W. Thrash, who has reportedly split the action into two groups, one for consumer lawsuits and one for financial institution lawsuits.

The consumer lawsuit alleges Home Depot management was complacent and willfully dismissive about securing customer data.

“Not withstanding the warnings and pleas of many of its employees who recognized the vulnerability of millions of customers’ sensitive information stored in Home Depot’s systems, Home Depot management refused to upgrade its security systems, refused to follow recommendations of information technology (“IT”) employees and experts, and suffered from ineffective leadership in key IT security positions within the organization,” the lawsuit alleges.

Plaintiffs claim that Home Depot did not take adequate and reasonable measures to ensure information was protected; did not take available steps to prevent the breach; did not disclose the lack of proper practices to customers; and did not warn customers about the data breach in a timely manner.

Among the harm allegedly suffered by consumers was unauthorized charges on debit and credit card accounts, theft of personal and financial information, and costs associated with prevention of identity theft. One of the plaintiffs named in the lawsuit, Bruce Holdridge, alleges he discovered fraudulent charges for approximately $8,500 on his Home Depot card and received 65 letters from credit bureaus regarding fraudulent attempts to open credit lines in his name. He has reportedly spent more than 320 hours resolving ongoing identity theft issues.

The lawsuit also alleges that although Home Depot offered free credit monitoring for customers affected by the data breach, many customers were not made aware of the breach. Meanwhile, credit monitoring is, according to the lawsuit, of very little value in preventing fraud. The most credit monitoring can do is alert the affected consumer after the fraud has occurred. In other words, credit monitoring can only tell a consumer that a fraudulent credit account has been opened, but it cannot prevent the account from being opened in the first place.

The lawsuit is In re: The Home Depot, Inc., Customer Data Security Breach Litigation, Case No. 2583.

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Home Hepot hacking. This happened to me in2005 and ended in fed court in2014. You must read my blog, it will show you a real pos report.Home Depot CEOs did not care .When it was just my case. Go to hdpos.blog.com

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I don't have a home depot card but have used my debit and credit cards at home depot both during those time frames, in Benton where I live and in Little Rock Arkansas. Incidents of data breaches has gotten out of hand. I just received a letter alerting me of another data breach of my medical information. There should be ll type of safeguards in place to detour hackers from being able to access information, it's exceptionable.....

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