Sena warns about scams to suppliers who participate in bidding processes; this is how they are being deceived

The National Learning Service (Sena), one of the most recognized institutions in Colombia in technical and technological training, has issued an alert to citizens and its suppliers. The entity has detected a worrying increase in attempted fraud related to its contracting and bidding processes.

According to an official statement, Unscrupulous individuals are using false telephone numbers, signatures and emails, posing as representatives of the Sena. The aim of these scammers is to deceive both citizens and suppliers who participate in bidding processes and purchases of goods and services.

The institution has emphasized that all its public procurement processes are managed exclusively through the SECOP platform (Electronic Public Procurement System), administered by the National Public Procurement Agency. This measure seeks to guarantee the transparency and legality of all procedures.

This is what the SECOP II website looks like, where the bidding processes of public entities are carried out. | Photo: SECOP II

To help identify legitimate communications, SENA has reminded participants and citizens in general that their official emails always end with the domain “@sena.edu.co”. Any message that does not meet this criteria should be considered suspicious and reported immediately.

Additionally, the entity has provided official telephone numbers for citizen assistance: in Bogotá, 6017366060, and for the rest of the country, the toll-free line 018000 910270. Citizens are urged to use these channels exclusively for any queries or procedures related to the institution.

This situation highlights the growing sophistication of the methods employed by fraudsters, who take advantage of the reputation of respected institutions to carry out their illicit activities.

SENA has called on citizens to remain alert and carefully verify the authenticity of any communication that allegedly comes from the institution. It also recommends reporting any suspicious activity to the competent authorities and to the institution itself.

Sena warns about scams to suppliers who participate in bidding and purchasing processes for goods. (Reference image) | Photo: 123RF

Massive leak exposes passwords on the Internet

Precisely this week it was learned that, in an unprecedented cyber attack, a hacker known as ObamaCare has leaked more than 10 billion passwords from dozens of popular websites. This incident, dubbed ‘RockYou2024’, occurred on July 4 and represents one of the largest data breaches in the history of the Internet.

According to researchers from Cybernewsthe leak combines old and new data breaches, including 8.4 billion criminal forum passwords in 2021 and an additional 1.5 billion collected between 2021 and 2024. The hacker claimed to have cracked old passwords using a high-end Nvidia graphics card.

Among the affected platforms are: X (before Twitter), AdultFriendFinder, MyFitnessPal, LinkedIn y Adobe. Chinese companies Tencent y Weibo are the most affected, with 1.5 billion and 504 million passwords exposed, respectively.

Experts warn that this leak significantly increases the risk of credential theft attacks and compromises the security of millions of online users. Users are advised to check if their passwords have been compromised on the website of Cybernews and change them immediately, using unique and secure combinations for each platform.

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The hacker claimed that this was a “preview” of Christmas. | Photo: X/@AabyssZG
 
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