Australia’s 2016 census has created a lot of controversy concerning privacy issues. (See my recent article at https://goo.gl/JnMGUW for details. In turn, that article refers to a longer article in the ABC.NET.AU News site at http://goo.gl/IWLzCw.) Now the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) says it believes a series of hacking attacks which led to the census website being shut down were part of a deliberate attempt to sabotage the national survey.
Thousands of Australians were prevented from taking part in the census on Tuesday night as the ABS website crashed.
Details may be found at http://goo.gl/bVHyNd.
I do question the claim of “overseas hackers.” All hackers, including those in Australia, have the capability of launching DDOS attacks that will command virus-infected computers around the world to attack any server. In the article at http://goo.gl/bVHyNd, I do not see any evidence that the hackers were outside of Australia.