IFX Networks, a provider of digital services to the Colombian state, is being sued by the government. The reason? The company refused to provide information about the cyber attack on the parent company, which subsequently affected the service of several public institutions on the Internet.
“Given the lack of commitment of the company IFX Networks and the failures in the security protocols on the occasion of the cyber attack that occurred, as well as the refusal to provide the information requested by the PMU as indicators of compromise, the malware and the anatomy of the “I have taken administrative action against the company ordered,” said ICT Minister Mauricio Lizcano.
On the morning of September 12th, several state websites experienced disruptions. Hours later, it was announced that the company IFXNetwork Colombia had fallen victim to a cyberattack called ransomware (data hijacking).
The suspension of some services of the Supreme Court and the Supreme Council of the Judiciary are just some of the consequences brought about by the cyber attack.
There are at least 50 government institutions whose online services were affected. Some of these are the Colombian Red Cross, the ICA, the National Superintendence of Health and the Superintendence of Industry and Commerce.
Currently, the state’s National Legal Defense Agency is preparing arguments for filing a civil lawsuit against IFX Networks and is exploring the possibility of escalating the lawsuit to the criminal level.