Home Depot Breach Costs CUs $60M
The Home Depot data breach cost credit unions almost $60 million, nearly twice as much as the Target breach, according to survey results released by CUNA Oct. 30.
In the survey conducted from Oct. 1 to Oct. 24, 835 credit unions reported that 7.2 million credit union debit and credit cards were affected by the breach.
CUNA said the average cost for each violation was $8.02 per card due to fraud, reissuing cards and related costs.
“Card reissuance is an expensive proposition, representing about a quarter of the total costs to credit unions of these breaches,” Bill Hampel, CUNA chief economist and chief policy officer, who conducted the survey, said.
“But our latest survey found that fraud is the most expensive component of costs, amounting to $4.89 for each card, or 60% of the total costs,” he added.
CUNA's earlier survey on the Target data breach found the cost to credit unions was nearly $30 million.
“The most recent CUNA survey found that – to date -- credit unions have not been reimbursed for the costs they incurred as a result of the Target breach,” the trade group said in a press release.
“The bottom line is that credit union members end up paying the costs – despite the fact that the credit unions they own had nothing to do with causing the breach in the first place,” CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle said.