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Did the Census really suffer a denial-of-service 'attack'? - The Conversation AU

Last night, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) closed the 2016 Census website. No explanation was given at the time, except for a message on the page saying “the system is very busy at the moment”. This morning, the ABS's head statistician ...and more »

Australia's population now 48, ABS confirms - The Sydney Morning Herald

Australia has a population of just under 50 people, according to last night's census figures. It represents a fall from the 22 million measured in the 2011 census. The snapshot of the nation showed that almost one in five of all Australians now live in ...and more »

Drowning by averages: did the ABS miscalculate the Census load? - The Conversation AU

There's an old parable used in introductory statistics classes to illustrate how an average can be misleading when maximum values are of interest. The parable is of a person who drowns while walking across a river. The person can't swim but is not ...and more »

Census website cracks after 'malicious' attack by hackers - The Conversation AU

Many Australians were unable to complete the Census on August 9 due to the Census website failing. Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) chief statistician has blamed a deliberate “denial of service attack” for the failure. The first three [attacks ...and more »

Explainer: what is the census, and why does it matter? - The Conversation AU

The act of taking a census is as old as civilisation itself. AAP/Dean Lewins. Explainer: what is the census, and why does it matter? August 7, 2016 8.50pm EDT. Nicholas Biddle and Maxine Montaigne. Authors. Nicholas Biddle. Fellow, Australian National ...and more »

#CensusFail: the ABS hasn't convinced the public their privacy is protected - The Conversation AU

The ABS promises it has the best of intentions, but many don't trust it. Shutterstock. #CensusFail: the ABS hasn't convinced the public their privacy is protected. August 9, 2016 1.24am EDT. David Glance. Author. David Glance. Director of UWA Centre ...and more »

Australian national census fails in the IBM cloud - The Register

UPDATE Australia is today conducting a contentious national census, and things aren't going smoothly. The nation's Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has hired IBM to run the online data collection portal and at the time of writing The Register's antipodean ...and more »

Census: Australian Bureau of Statistics says website attacked by overseas hackers - ABC Online

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) says it believes a series of hacking attacks which led to the census website being shut down last night were part of a deliberate attempt to sabotage the national survey. Key points: ABS shut down census ...and more »

Census Australia 2016: Will first digital Census repeat the Click Frenzy crash? -

ABOUT 15 million Australians are expected to flood online today to complete their Census forms. Will it break the internet? Kim Stephens. 9, 20166:42am. These new Cairns arrivals made it just in time for inclusion in this year's ...and more »

Turnbull to Australians: your census data is safe despite attack - The Conversation AU

Michelle Grattan does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organization that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. Partners. University of ...and more »