Remember the #censusfail incident last year when millions of Australians were unable to fill out the mandatory Census online because the website was slammed by a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack? It appears the ABS was overconfident about the website's ability to fend of a DDoS attack.
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IBM and Nextgen have been blaming each other for the failure of Census 2016. Based on today's Senate Economics References Committee hearing into #CensusFail, it appears both companies were at fault to some extent. Nextgen may have incorrectly implemented geoblocking aimed at mitigating distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks while IBM acknowledged it should have a real test of its router's resilience to failure. But Alastair MacGibbon, the Special Adviser to the Prime Minister on Cyber Security, has laid the blame predominantly on IBM for failing to handle relatively small DDoS attacks that shouldn't have brought down the Census website.
This year's Census was nothing short of a spectacular debacle after the website where Australians were to fill out the survey went down for nearly two days. Last night, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) chief David Kalisch fronted the Senate Estimates in parliament to answer questions about the incident. We found out that the ABS will have to spend around $30 million to fix the damage. He also admitted that the ABS made a number of poor judgement calls for Census 2016. Here's what he had to say along with a recap of what has happened since the Census outage occurred two months ago.
If you haven't got around to completing the Australian Census yet, you need to do it right now. From September 23, census holdouts will start to receive less-than-friendly visits from the ABS. If you don't have a sufficient excuse for not submiting the form, you could face penalties of up to $180 per day. If you've forgotten your Census login code, are concerned about privacy or have no idea what's going on, here's what you need to know.
Dear Lifehacker, I never got around to filling out the Australian census on census night (I tried a few times, but the website wasn't working.) I was wondering what the odds are of me actually receiving a fine from the ABS? If they send me a letter and I ignore it, what happens next? Also, does the fact that the website was down on census night mean I'm off the hook?
By now, many of you have managed to fill out the eCensus during one of its sporadic appearances online. With all the hoopla surrounding privacy breaches and flaky security, a lot of Aussies are risking stiff fines by deliberately fudging the survey with fake answers. Was anyone completely truthful? Take part in our poll to find out!
In the wake of the Census debacle that happened this week, there's been a lot of finger-pointing as to who was to blame. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has put the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) and IBM, the company hosting and managing the Census website, on notice, expressing his disappointment over Tuesday's website meltdown. Well, he's going to be even more disappointed today as the Census website went down again last night. It's looking more likely that IBM will be shouldering the majority of the blame for the Census disaster. Read on to find out more.
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.
Around 48 hours after the Census website was pulled after alleged repeated DDoS attacks, and hundreds of thousands of Aussies actually trying to complete the Census, the Australian Bureau of Statistics' Census website came back to life this afternoon. But, in a move that isn't entirely surprising, the site continues to have issues. It's up, it's down, it's up again...
To say the 2016 Census was poorly handled is a massive understatement. In addition to legitimate privacy concerns over the contoversial decision to retain names and addresses for the first time since 1905, the eCensus was also pulled offline by the ABS due to alleged DDoS attacks. This pissed off a lot of Australians who were halfway through the online survey. The good news is that it's finally back online.
We can all agree that this year's Census has been a colossal snafu. The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) shutdown the website after it was supposedly hit by a number of distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks. This was after the Census website had been stress tested. So what can organisations learn from this incident? Let's find out.
Last night, the Census 2016 website was shut down, leaving a ton of Australians in the lurch. Everybody has to complete the Census on August 9 or they may be fined, right? Well, actually, you have until September 23 to submit the survey online.
Last night's Census was a debacle for Australians trying to fill the survey out online. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), the website suffered repeated distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks. The ABS ended up pulling the plug on it. People were furious that they weren't able to get online to submit their forms and worried about the fines they would face for not completing the Census. But there are now doubts as to whether yesterday's Census website fail was really a result of DDoS attacks. Here are the details.
Last night's Census lived up to its most popular hashtag of #CensusFail, with the online portal shutting down at 7:55pm. The Australian Bureau of Statistics confirmed at 11:00pm that the website would continue to stay down until today, and now the reason has been given -- the site received no less than four denial of service (DDoS) attacks by overseas hackers, according to the ABS.
Tonight is Census night, on the first year that the majority of Australia is expected to complete the quadrennial count of our country's population online. The Australian Bureau of Statistics' servers were load-tested at 150 per cent of the expected usage levels, but despite that, a number of users are still having trouble loading the page.
I dunno about you, but I don't usually associate Census night with pizza. The State of Origin final, maybe, or the NRL grand final, sure. But Census night? Anyway, despite that weirdness, we spotted a pretty tempting deal for 30 per cent off Domino's pizzas online. Now you can stuff your face with a BBQ Meatlovers while you share your personally identifiable data with a government agency.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has updated the online Census with an assurance to all Australians -- if you lost your Census materials or never received them, you're not going to receive a fine. Instead, it suggests you chill out and try calling them tomorrow. (Who could have predicted that all those warnings about $180 daily penalties would get people worried? /Sarcasm.)