[LINK] No problems with the Census so far

Tom Worthington tom.worthington at tomw.net.au
Wed Aug 11 08:59:14 AEST 2021

Had a call at 6am yesterday from radio 3AW to talk about security of the 
2021 Census. This followed an item on page 3 of Tuesdays The Australian, 
where I said I did not expect the problems there were in the last Census.

Just before being interviewed on air I thought I should try the website 
and found the Census form quick and easy to complete.

Last time there was a denial of service attack, with a mis-configuration 
of hardware in response, then the system taken offline because ABS 
though they had been hacked. Also the government spokespersons gave poor 
performances. This time nothing has gone wrong so far. Perhaps it is 
just there are far more attractive targets than the Census? ;-)

For more on what happened last time, see the Link Archive for August 
2016: https://mailman.anu.edu.au/pipermail/link/2016-August/date.html

Tom Worthington, MEd FHEA FACS CP IP3P http://www.tomw.net.au 
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