On Friday we told you that Home Depot was in need of some serious reputation cleanup in aisle 1 after a second story concerning digital privacy breaches went public: hackers stole approximately 53 million shoppers’ email addresses by targeting self-checkout lanes.
Now it seems the company has developed a strategy to follow its ho-hum “we’re sorry” statement: blame Windows.
9t05Mac dove into an earlier Wall Street Journal report on the event to find this tidbit:
“…the hackers were able to jump the barriers between a peripheral third-party vendor system and the company’s more secure main computer network by exploiting a vulnerability in Microsoft Corp.’s Windows operating system, the people briefed on the investigation said.”
This report comes at a particularly bad time for Microsoft.