Home Depot storefront
A Home Depot storefront (Mike Mozart from Funny YouTube, USA - Home Depot, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons).

Home Depot settled with the attorneys general of 45 states and the District of Columbia over a 2014 point-of-sale systems hack, agreeing to pay $17.5 million, states announced Tuesday.

The Home Depot breach was, at the time, the largest reported breach in history, capturing 56 million credit cards. It came during a string of attacks during which POS systems were hijacked by malware; earlier that year Target had announced a similar landmark breach.

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