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Colombian regulator Coljuegos, under cyber-attack; hackers hijack information
Publicado: 2023-09-14

In an alarming turn of events, COLJUEGOS, the gaming regulatory entity in Colombia, finds itself in the middle of a serious cyber challenge. COLJUEGOS' technology services provider, IFX, recently confirmed a cyber-attack and the hijacking of sensitive information by a group of hackers.

 

This incident has generated concern not only locally but also throughout the region, as it has been revealed that several entities, both in the public and private sectors, in Colombia and other Latin American countries, are affected by the same attack. , by sharing the same service provider that is now under unusual scrutiny.

 

This digital attack has completely offline and without the possibility of digital attention, procedures, among other matters, to important entities such as the Superintendence of Industry and Commerce, the Superintendence of Health, the Superior Council of the Judiciary, the Ministry of Health and Protection Social, in addition to other entities.

 

The cyber-attack has had an immediate impact on the services provided by COLJUEGOS. The entity was forced to issue an official statement in which it informed the community about the temporary withdrawal of its services. In the statement, COLJUEGOS expressed its deep concern about the situation and assured that it is actively collaborating with IFX to resolve this serious incident.

 

The full extent of the damage caused by this cyber-attack and the extent of the information hijacking is unknown, leaving many companies and institutions in suspense as their data and operations are affected by this cybersecurity crisis.

 

Cybersecurity experts are working hard to contain the situation and restore the integrity of affected systems. Meanwhile, COLJUEGOS and the other affected entities are waiting for updates from the provider IFX, who is at the center of this intricate situation.

 

This incident highlights the growing threat posed by cybercrime today and underlines the importance of more rigorous cybersecurity measures in all organizations. As this news develops, we will continue to provide updates on the progress of the investigations and actions taken to mitigate the effects of this attack on industry and the public sector in Colombia and beyond.

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Chilean soccer clubs denounce the hidden link between the ANFP and genius sports. 

Colombian regulator Coljuegos, under cyber-attack; hackers hijack information

The authorities of three Chilean teams activated football alarms. Club Deportivo Palestino, Club Deportes Iquique and O'Higgins FC published a letter denouncing an unknown link between the National Professional Football Association (ANFP) and a private company linked to online betting.

 

The clubs accused the ANFP of having paid contracts with Genius Sports, an international company based in England that manages sports data for betting houses.

 

 

Deportes Iquique detailed a situation that occurred during one of their matches in their minor series: they discovered that the match was being broadcast on the platform of an online betting house. Upon investigation, Iquique learned that during the incident there was a person from Genius Sports who transmitted all the information through his cell phone.

 

Both Palestino and O'Higgins later discovered that there were also people from the same company attending their training teams' matches. After an investigation, they managed to determine that there are contracts with the ANFP that allow that company's personnel to enter the stadiums.

 

"This company pays ANFP to have access to the competition data and provide detailed information on each event that occurred in the matches, for use by the betting houses, which we consider unpresentable," the complainant teams stated in the letter. In the letter, the teams spoke directly to Pablo Milad, president of the organization, and denounced that these links promote fixing and fraud in matches: "You and all of us who have a relationship with football know how dangerous the relationship with football is. sports betting system. Especially in the case of youth football that takes place in an environment that is more difficult to control, with players with less capacity to resist pressures and offers, with parents with easy access to people with an interest in fixing results and even with technical bodies with little experience”.

 

Although there is still no legal framework that regulates this situation in Chile, the clubs assured that the FIFA (International Association of Football Federation) regulations do. Citing an article from the international entity's Code of Ethics, they stated that "all types of interest with entities, companies, organizations that promote, negotiate or direct bets related to football matches" are prohibited.






Argentina also attacks influencers who promote betting. 

Colombian regulator Coljuegos, under cyber-attack; hackers hijack information

The government headed by Jorge Macri sent document letters to influencers and celebrities who advertised illegal betting sites through their social networks. Argentina.

 

 

The City of Buenos Aires continues its campaign against illegal gambling to control that minors do not access virtual betting. In that sense, after the announcement of a series of educational, health and legislative measures, a new judicial approach was undertaken.

 

 

The government of Jorge Macri, through the Buenos Aires Lottery (LOTBA), sent letters and documents to influencers who promoted and advertised on their social networks platforms that illegally collect gambling bets.

 

These are people who participate or are directly related to the television program “Big Brother”: Romina Uhrig, Camila Lattanzio, Agostina Spinelli, Federico Farías, Juliana Scaglione, Emmanuel Vich and Williams López. In addition, document letters promoting illegal gambling were also sent to other personalities from the Argentine entertainment world such as Florencia Peña, Flavio Azzaro, Florencia Vigna and Morena Rial.

 

LOTBA ordered them to cease the promotion under warning of initiating legal actions for considering them participants in the alleged commission of the crime established in article 301 bis of the National Penal Code.

 

Said article indicates that “anyone who exploits, manages, operates or in any way organizes, by himself or through third parties, any form or system of capturing games of chance without having the relevant authorization will be punished with imprisonment of three to six years.” emanated from the jurisdictional authority…”






From yesterday, sports prediction sites must pay tax in Ecuador. 

Colombian regulator Coljuegos, under cyber-attack; hackers hijack information

The Internal Revenue Service (SRI) confirmed that starting July 1, a new tax will go into effect for sports prediction sites. The portal opened a form where registration must be completed so that the domain is not affected.

 

In one of the sections of the SRI website, sports prediction operators can find the procedure for requesting registration in the Single Taxpayer Registry (RUC), requirements and updating, as well as the respective legal basis. The tax as such taxes the income received by operators of sports predictions made through the Internet or any other means.

 

Your tax base is the result of subtracting prizes paid (with withholding at source) from income, including commissions; and the rate is 15%.

 

Standards that must be met

• - Deliver the information for tax purposes to the SRI as dictated by the regulations.

• - Register in the registry of the single registry of RUC taxpayers.

• - Designate a representative resident in Ecuador for all purposes derived from the administration of the Single Income Tax for Sports Forecast Operators.

• - Declare and pay the Single Income Tax for Sports Forecast Operators. The Sanction If what is specified is not met, a penalty of 30 basic salaries will be imposed. Additionally, the IP address of the website through which the company operates will be blocked.

 






Casinos in Colombia, their worst moment, they have only contributed usd $30millions for health. 

Colombian regulator Coljuegos, under cyber-attack; hackers hijack information

According to a Coljuegos report dated June 18, 2024, games located in the country contribute 39% of the total transfers for the health of Colombians. This year (2024), between January and April, bingo halls, casinos and electronic slot machines transferred a total of usd 30million to finance the subsidized regime and to promote scientific research.

 

 

For the same period, in the year 2022, of the total transfers to the health of Colombians by the Games of luck and chance sector was usd 20million , localized games (casinos and bingos) were the ones with the greatest contribution in collections reaching 10million pesos, with a growth of 33% more than the previous year (2021) thanks to the increase in electronic slot machines (MET's) which reach a total of 101,202 units, which represented a growth of 9 %, in 3,428 commercial establishments, which represents 14% growth compared to 2021.

 

 

For the first quarter of 2023 (January-February-March), in the Coljuegos report, localized games (casinos and bingos) made contributions to health of 86 billion pesos, games operated over the Internet, usd 20millions ; the Baloto Revancha,30 million ; SUPER astro usd 10 Millions and promotional games usd 100K. Which indicates that by the second quarter of the same year usd 50millions had been collected, this 2024 being usd 10millions below 2023, which was difficult in terms of the economy. In 2022, contributions were usd100million, with a growth of 33% more than the previous year (2021), a figure that will not be reached in 2024 since there are 6 months left for usd 70millions to be generated.

 

This June 18, 2024, the president of the entity, Marco Emilio Hincapié, indicated that the transfers were made by the 392 operators and 3,546 authorized gaming establishments located in the 32 departments of the country.

 

Thus, currently 105,451 electronic slot machines are in operation in Colombia, which represents an increase of more than 1,400 elements of this type compared to 2023. If the number of establishments is reviewed, there is an increase well below the average since the creation of Coljuegos, of only 118 between 2022 and 2024, which gives a clear example of the damage that this sector is suffering due inefficiency of the entity in the issuance of procedures.






The Copa America begins, and from the first whistle an increase in bets is expected in Colombia with a scandal of match fixing. 

Colombian regulator Coljuegos, under cyber-attack; hackers hijack information

According to estimates based on historical data and observed trends, online betting is expected to experience an increase between 30% and 40% during this important continental tournament, about $100millions.

The scandal

Colombian Professional Football, FPC, had a big shakeup on Saturday, June 22, because several referees were fired for allegedly participating in sports betting. This information has circulated through social networks and has already gained strength, taking into account that complaints about bad refereeing in Colombian football have been recurrent recently, so this would make the rumors even bigger.

 

The person in charge of disseminating this information was the arbitration analyst Jose Borda, who published through social networks that more than 10 judges were fired.

 

For the Colombian League 2024-II, the Referees Commission removed 15 judges from the panel, including centre-backs, assistants, VAR and AVAR'S. Machado ‘sold’ some of his protégés to save his position,”

 

The gambling and chance sector in Colombia has demonstrated its economic and social relevance. Until April 2024, online betting has generated a transfer of $30 million to the health sector, representing approximately 40% of the total resources allocated by the industry to health and scientific research. In 2023, this figure reached $200 million.

 





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