Opinion: A few days ago, Australia's government committed to an informal postal vote for the inexplicably ongoing debate around marriage equality before holding a proper vote in parliament. It's also one year since the ABS ruined the 2016 Census.
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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.
As you may have heard, the Census website has had a bit of a technical issue. The official report from the Australian Bureau of Statistics went from "overseas hackers" to a series of DDoS attacks (with some pinpointed to the US) made possible thanks to a geo-blocking failure and finally an overworked router calling it quits -- all leading to the decision to shut down the site on Census night.
This all of course raised questions about the security of the 2.3 million Census forms already completed online, prompting assurances from the ABS that the data is as safe as it would have been if the DDoS events hadn't occurred. But what is happening now? Is the site back up? Should we still be doing our Census online? And what does the PM have to say? (Hint: He's mad).
Today the Australia Bureau of Statistics announced the Census website fell victim to a series of DDoS attacks yesterday, causing the department to shut down the site. Moments ago the Australian Privacy Commissioner announced he will opening an investigation into the "cyber attack".