Aus­tralia says IBM set­tles over on­line cen­sus fail­ure

Kuwait Times - - TECHNOLOGY -


Global tech­nol­ogy gi­ant IBM car­ried most of the blame for the crash of Aus­tralia’s on­line cen­sus three months ago and had com­pen­sated the gov­ern­ment for the fi­nan­cial cost of the de­ba­cle, the prime min­is­ter said yes­ter­day. Aus­tralia’s first at­tempt to con­duct a cen­sus on­line shut down for 43 hours in Au­gust af­ter the web­site failed to cope with rou­tine de­nialof-ser­vice at­tacks.

Prime Min­is­ter Mal­colm Turn­bull said IBM, the Aus­tralian Bureau of Statis­tic’s head con­trac­tor, had reached a “very sub­stan­tial” con­fi­den­tial set­tle­ment with the gov­ern­ment over the fail­ure that “ab­so­lutely” cov­ered costs. “It would not be an ex­ag­ger­a­tion to say that we had a col­lec­tive sense of hu­mor fail­ure about IBM’s per­for­mance here and they have ‘fessed up (con­fessed), they’ve paid up and we’re go­ing to learn the lessons of this in­ci­dent very dili­gently,” Turn­bull told Mel­bourne Ra­dio 3AW. “Over­whelm­ing the fail­ure was IBM’s,” he said.

IBM Aus­tralia said yes­ter­day the com­pany had no fur­ther com­ment to add to a sub­mis­sion it made to a Se­nate in­quiry last month into the fail­ure. IBM Aus­tralia Man­ag­ing Direc­tor Kerry Pur­cell told that in­quiry he apol­o­gized for the in­con­ve­nience and took full re­spon­si­bil­ity for the fail­ure. He blamed a router fail­ure. Aus­tralian Bureau of Sta­tis­tics boss David Kalisch told the same in­quiry that the fail­ure had cost tax­pay­ers 30 mil­lion Aus­tralian dol­lars ($22 mil­lion). A re­port on the fail­ure pub­lished on Thurs­day by Alas­tair MacGib­bon, spe­cial ad­viser to the prime min­is­ter on cy­ber­se­cu­rity, described the web­site’s de­nial-of-ser­vice pro­tec­tions as “in­ad­e­quate.” — AP

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