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SBA Security Incident May Affect Nearly 8,000 Businesses

Business owners who applied for federal disaster loans may have had information exposed to other applicants, the Small Business Administration reports.

The Small Business Administration (SBA) has confirmed that nearly 8,000 business owners who applied for an emergency loan may have viewed sensitive data belonging to other applicants.

This incident affects those who applied for the Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL), an SBA program historically used to provide loans for small businesses recovering from wildfires, tornadoes, and other natural disasters. EIDL was expanded in March to assist organizations suffering financial hardship due to the economic effects of coronavirus. The program's funds are separate from the Paycheck Protection Program, which was not affected in the incident.

On March 25, the SBA discovered personal information belonging to EIDL applicants may have been accidentally shared with others. If users tried to click the "back" button, they may have been able to see information that belonged to another business owner applicant.

"We immediately disabled the impacted portion of the website, addressed the issue, and relaunched the application portal," a senior administration official told CNBC.

Data potentially exposed in the incident includes names, Social Security numbers, addresses, birth dates, email addresses, phone numbers, citizenship status, and insurance information, the Washington Post reports. The SBA has not disclosed how long the data may have been exposed or how the issue was found. There is so far no indication the exposed data has been misused.

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4/23/2020 | 6:00:14 PM
Again, let everyone see
Wouldn't you think from a Q/A test standpoint that this would have been discovered by one of the testing teams at SBA. People don't realize that SBA is actually a bank that provides governmental assistance to varying government organizations. This is interesting they got hit with their hands down and the engineering or supervising member was so quick to say that they fixed the problem. If he was so good, then why wasn't the problem fixed before this happened and not after the fact, what ever happened to Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM), isn't that supposed to be followed at the government layer. So this tells me, if hackers saw it and no one reported it, then how long did this go on.

The05Group

At this point, if we think the material or data is out in the ether, then rest assurred someone has this informatin and it is too late that this point.  So the question goes, "whoever is responsible for managing the environment, should take the blunt of the problem and address it head on". Shouldn't they have been following their own architecture.

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Oh well, another government organization bits the dust.

Todd
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ava max,
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4/27/2020 | 9:16:58 AM
Re: Again, let everyone see
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