Last week I published an article entitled “Australian Bureau of Statistics says Census Website Attacked by Overseas Hackers” at https://goo.gl/hXMC0P. In the article, I questioned why the bureaucrats thought the attack was initiated by overseas hackers. Now security experts have looked at the information available and found that it wasn’t an overseas hack at all. Instead, the Australian Bureau of Statistics personnel looked at the servers’ log files and “interpreted the alarms as a successful hack…these were little more than benign system logs and the technical staff monitoring the situation poorly understood it.”
Offshore traffic to the site was blocked in accordance with plans drafted earlier. However, another attack, for which the ABS had no contingency to repel, was directed at it from within Australia. The Australian Bureau of Statistics personnel did not understand the problem. The servers crashed.
Details may be found at http://goo.gl/KLimlX.