ABS blames IBM for botched census in Senate submission

THE Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has targeted service provider IBM in its submission to a Senate inquiry into the handling of the botched census.

Thousands of Australians were prevented from taking part in the census last month after the site was pulled down due to numerous attempted denial of service attacks, which overload a website by simulating lots of users trying to access the site at the same time.

In the fallout that followed, a Senate inquiry was established to look into the preparation, administration and management of the 2016 census by the ABS, which published its submission today.

The 123-page document emphasised the security measures promised by IBM, stating that the service provider's contract ensured it would mitigate the risk of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks.

"During 2016, the ABS had sought and received various assurances from IBM about operational preparedness and resilience to DDoS attacks," it stated.

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