Well, that didn’t last long. Less than ten hours after its “triumphant/” return, the online Census has been knocked offline again. Worst Census ever.
Update: As of 8am AEST, the Census website was back in business. Not sure how long it will last…
Around 48 hours after the Census website was pulled after alleged repeated DDoS attacks, the Australian Bureau of Statistics limped back online. However, at the time of writing many people are still having difficulties logging into the online survey.
— Peter Sbarski (@sbarski) August 11, 2016
Census website still not working for me pic.twitter.com/uqno7fZF5G
— Annika Smethurst (@annikasmethurst) August 11, 2016
— Mup (@OccupyDuckburg) August 11, 2016
And here, courtesy of Risky Business podcast host and security expert Patrick Gray, is what might have actually gone down on Census night on August 9th — a series of unfortunate events, a little bit of excess caution, and good old fashioned Internet trolls:
— Patrick Gray (@riskybusiness) August 11, 2016
As we said earlier, your best bet is to just ignore the website for the next 24 hours while the ABS gets its shit together. Remember, you you have until next month to complete the survey. In the meantime, you might find the hashtag #CensusFail useful.
Additional reporting by Campbell Simpson.