SBA says around 8,000 disaster loan seekers may have seen personal information exposed

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NEW YORK – Around 8,000 applicants federal disaster loans may have had their personal information exposed to other users of the loan application site, the Small Business Administration said Tuesday.

“The personally identifiable information of a limited number of economic disaster loan applicants has potentially been exposed to other applicants on the SBA loan application site. We immediately disabled the impacted portion of the website, fixed the issue, and relaunched the application portal, ”the Small Business Administration said in a statement Tuesday.

The breach, which affected those applying for the Economic Disaster Lending Program, was discovered on March 25, according to a letter from the SBA obtained by CNN. The letter, dated April 13, was sent to an individual whose information may have been breached.

“The website may have led to the inadvertent disclosure of personally identifiable information to other applicants,” the letter said. He said social security or taxpayer identification numbers, addresses, dates of birth, contact details, income and other financial information may have been accessible.

The SBA said in the letter that there was no evidence to suggest personal information was misused, but the agency said on Tuesday it would offer anyone potentially affected one year of free surveillance of the credit.

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