IBM apol­o­gises for Aus­tralian e-cen­sus bun­gle

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SUNBIZ -

SYD­NEY: In­ter­na­tional Busi­ness Ma­chines Corp said yes­ter­day it plans to com­pen­sate the Aus­tralian govern­ment for a “ma­li­cious” cy­ber-at­tack that shut down a na­tional cen­sus, but blamed two do­mes­tic in­ter­net providers for the se­cu­rity lapse.

IBM was the lead con­trac­tor for the fiveyearly Aug 9 house­hold sur­vey by the Aus­tralian Bureau of Statis­tics (ABS), which went off­line that day af­ter four dis­trib­uted de­nial of ser­vice at­tacks, caused by the web­site be­ing flooded with clicks.

The breach em­bar­rassed a govern­ment, which has sought to im­press vot­ers with its cy­ber­se­cu­rity cre­den­tials and plans to trial on­line elec­tions. The cen­sus is al­ready con­tro­ver­sial be­cause of pri­vacy con­cerns.

IBM Aus­tralia and New Zealand man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Kerry Pur­cell said that IBM was help­ing a po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion but de­clined to say who he sus­pected was be­hind the at­tack. – Reuters

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