On­line cen­sus shut­down af­ter cy­ber at­tacks

The Myanmar Times - - World -

Aus­tralia was forced to re­as­sure its cit­i­zens that their per­sonal data was se­cure yes­ter­day, af­ter ma­li­cious at­tacks by over­seas hack­ers prompted an em­bar­rass­ing shut­down of the on­line cen­sus. Aus­tralians are re­quired to com­plete the cen­sus ev­ery five years or face fines, and this was the first time there had been a ma­jor push for peo­ple to fill in the sur­vey on­line. But as thou­sands of peo­ple headed to the of­fi­cial web­site on Au­gust 9, a se­ries of de­nial-of-ser­vice at­tacks – at­tempts to over­whelm an on­line sys­tem to pre­vent peo­ple ac­cess­ing it – prompted au­thor­i­ties to take the site off­line. – AFP

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