First, it was the well known Target credit card exploit that damaged Target: http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/skilled-cheap-russian-hackers-power-american-cybercrime-n22371 Second, US banks were recently compromised by well organized and disciplined hackers, supported by a major state: http://www.nbcnews.com/tech/security/fbi...s-banks-n190671 Third, the recent HD credit card compromise that dwarfs the previous Target exploits: http://www.freep.com/article/20140902/BUSINESS07/309020163/home-depot-credit-cards-hack This is the interesting tidbit:
"This latest batch of cards is for sale from the same underground store that sold cards from P.F. Chang's and Target," said Trey Ford, a security strategist at Rapid7, a Boston-based computer security company. Home Depot spokeswoman Paula Drake said she could only "confirm that we're looking into some unusual activity and we are working with our banking partners and law enforcement to investigate." The data put up for sale was labeled "American Sanctions." Krebs called the naming "what can only be interpreted as intended retribution for U.S. and European sanctions against Russia for its aggressive actions in Ukraine." Stolen information from cards issued by European banks that were used in Home Depot stores was sold separately and labeled "European Sanctions." Krebs reported.