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Apple, Home Depot Addressing Recent Data Breaches

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After several incidents of security breaches with Target, P.F. Chang's restaurant, and other retailers, it appears to two other major companies are dealing with breaches of their own.

Over the weekend, reports of several high-profile female celebrities' nude photos being leaks made their way through social media. Actresses like “Hunger Games” star Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton were reportedly targeted by the hackers.

Kirsten Dunst, who was also a victim of the hacking incident, took to Twitter to voice her frustration. In a short message, she simply said, “Thank you iCloud,” referring to Apple's cloud-based storage service.

Another celebrity photo leak victim Mary E. Winstead also spoke out on Twitter, saying that the photos of her that were leaked were taken in her own home and added that, “knowing those photos were deleted long ago, I can only imagine the creepy effort that went into this.”

Apple later launched an investigation into the alleged data breach this week. In a statement, the company said that the celebrities' accounts were “compromised by a very targeted attack on user names, passwords and security questions, a practice that has become all too common on the Internet.”

“None of the cases we have investigated has resulted from any breach in any of Apple's systems including iCloud or Find my iPhone,” the company after it has conducted “over 40 hours of investigation,” into the incident.

The company said that they plan to continue to work with law enforcement to help find those involved. The FBI is reportedly investigating the incident.

Home Depot Reportedly Dealing with Data Breach

Officials with major home improvement retailer The Home Depot said that they are working with law enforcement and financial institutions to investigate “some unusual activity” relating to customers.

Independent cybersecurity journalist Brian Krebs was the first to report this, saying "a massive new batch of stolen credit and debit cards" went for sale Tuesday in the black market online.

Krebs said hackers were possibly in Home Depot's computer systems from May until now. If that's true, this might be even larger than the three-week long Target breach that affected 40 million debit and credit cards late last year, he noted.

In a statement, Home Depot spokeswoman Paula Drake said: "Protecting our customers' information is something we take extremely seriously, and we are aggressively gathering facts at this point while working to protect customers."

The company promised to alert customers as soon as it can ascertain a data breach has occurred.

This could turn out to be another giant hack like the ones that hit several brand name U.S. stores. Since late 2013, the list has gotten extensive: Albertson's, Target, Michaels, Neiman Marcus, P.F. Chang's and SuperValu.

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