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Census outage was caused by DoS attacks, says Australian statistics agency

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    The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has blamed Denial of Service attacks originating from overseas for the outage which hit the census website last night. But security experts have expressed their doubts.

    The website received three DoS attacks through the evening, the bureau said, but after a fourth attack at around 7.30pm, it decided to close down the system to ‘ensure the integrity of the data’.

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    “Probably when many people had finished their dinner and were sitting down to use the online census form we had a fourth attack where we took the precaution of closing down the system to ensure the integrity of the data,” ABS chief David Kalisch told ABC Radio’s AM programme this morning.

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