With thousands of small businesses are applying for economic injury disaster loans to get them through this tough time, however a bug in the federal website exposed the personal information of thousands of the March applicants.
A representative from the Small Business Administration confirmed the leak to business insider. The leak has left over 7,000 applicants information exposed including social security numbers, emails, phone numbers and other information filled in on the registration page.
The SBA has notified applicants of the exposure, first reported on Tuesday. This exposure only affected those applying for the disaster loans, not paycheck protection loans according to the SBA's representative.
The only reason this bug was picked up on was when other users trying to apply for the loans and noticed other businesses' information. When multiple people came forward to report this the SBA confirmed the leak and offered anyone who might have been affected one year of free credit monitoring.
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