IBM apologises for Australian e-census bungle
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