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Funding Circle Error Exposes 6,000 SSNs Of American Clients

Author: Thomas Fox-Brewster / Source: Forbes

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Funding Circle is rising rapidly as it has facilitated more than $1.5 billion in loans, but it has exposed reams of data with a badly configured Amazon Web Services database. Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

An upcoming London-based business loans provider, Funding Circle, left a database containing 6,000 social security numbers of American clients exposed to anyone on the internet, it emerged Wednesday.

The company, which has helped companies bypass banks to borrow more than $3.5 billion from its peer-to-peer investor network since its founding in 2010, also admitted a misconfigured Amazon Web Services database exposed more than 13 million marketing email addresses for individuals, businesses and government organizations in the U.S., as well as more than 45,000 notes summarizing conversations with customers and partners.

According to the firm that uncovered the unsecured database, Kromtech Security, credit scores and business loan histories of clients were also available to anyone…

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