Whahahahahahahaha

Tell your census horror stories here.

Those $180 daily fines will quickly eliminate the national debt.

Update I:

Update II:

census

Update III:

Census 2

Update IV:

census 3

Update V:

Update VI:

Update VII:

This entry was posted in Shut it down. Fire them all., Take Nanny down, Technology & Telco. Bookmark the permalink.

368 Responses to Whahahahahahahaha

  1. Anne

    Rambler

    Early census result, just in – “There is now 5 million people in Australia”

    Hahaha…

  2. incoherent rambler

    From news:

    The federal government says the census website was not attacked or hacked and no data was lost.

    The Australian Bureau of Statistics shut down the website after a series of denial-of-service attacks on Tuesday night, with the strongest one coming just after 7.30pm (AEST).

    “This was not an attack, nor was it a hack but rather, it was an attempt to frustrate the collection of Bureau of Statistics census data,” minister Michael McCormack told reporters in Canberra on Wednesday.

    The Bureau of Statistics decided to shut down the census form to safeguard and protect data already submitted, the minister said.

    There was a large-scale denial-of-service attack on the website, which is when the site is flooded with requests for information and the servers are overwhelmed – as if a huge crowd of people tried to get through a doorway all at the same time.

    “Following, and because of this, there was a hardware failure,” Mr McCormack said, saying the ABS took a very cautious approach in shutting down the site.

    Comical Michael.

  3. Roger

    “ABS spent $9.6m with IBM for implementing the census.”
    Wasn’t it IBM who completely stuffed up the Queensland Health wages system?

  4. Anne

    Paridell

    Thank you for participating in the Census.

    Do we get Certificates?

  5. Diogenes

    Wasn’t it IBM who completely stuffed up the Queensland Health wages system?

    Ably assisted by Queensland Health who met none of its commitments to IBM.

    Disclaimer – I used to work IBMGSA & a friend/ex collegues was an Analyst on the project

  6. Baldrick

    “This was not an attack, nor was it a hack but rather, it was an attempt to frustrate the collection of Bureau of Statistics census data,” minister Michael McCormack told reporters in Canberra on Wednesday.
    Following, and because of this, there was a hardware failure,” Mr McCormack said, saying the ABS took a very cautious approach in shutting down the site.

    Not an attack or a hack but a shat.

  7. Diogenes

    The Australian Bureau of Statistics shut down the website after a series of denial-of-service attacks on Tuesday night, with the strongest one coming just after 7.30pm (AEST).

    Yep, right when people have dinner, the kids are in bed, and they have few minutes. Had I done it online that is right about the time I would have started.

    Who are they trying to kid ?

  8. H B Bear

    Watching Obeid puppet Bambi doing her condescending bit with van Wrongselen should carry some form of advisory warning.

  9. Leo G

    Do they have a question on the form like –

    How do you rate the service provided by the ABS?
    ? Excellent ? Good ? Fair ? Poor ? Terrible ? Hopeless ? Infuriating ? Brain dead ? Worse than a cabinet decision ? Worthy of Insurrection

    Try looking on the ABS Census (aka ABSCess) website.
    BTW isn’t abscensus (or something very similar) Latin for ‘go away’?

  10. Ronaldo

    Although the ABS does not think any personal data was compromised during the hack on its site, it is advising people who completed the online form after 7 p.m. last night to change their name as a precautionary measure.

    The Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull commended the ABS for its innovative response to the problem.

  11. Atoms for Peace

    Anyone with kids knows that at the witching hour of 12.00 am when the OP scores etc are available, the education dept computers shut down due to demand..
    This country is stuck on the moebius strip of stupidity

  12. stackja

    US government chief acquisition officer Anne E Rung

  13. ACTOldFart

    So, according to posts upthread, the head of ABS said:

    THE Census website was shut down overnight after being targeted by foreign hackers in a malicious attack, the Australian Bureau of Statistics has revealed.

    “It was an attack,” chief statistician David Kalisch told ABC radio this morning.
    “It was quite clear it was malicious.”

    The ABS said is was now working with the Australian Signals Directorate to determine the source of the attack.

    However, Mr Kalisch said so far it had been difficult to work out where the hack came from.

    Presumably that was some time last night. But by this morning, the relevant (I can’t call him responsible) Minister is saying:

    The federal government says the census website was not attacked or hacked and no data was lost.

    The Australian Bureau of Statistics shut down the website after a series of denial-of-service attacks on Tuesday night, with the strongest one coming just after 7.30pm (AEST).

    “This was not an attack, nor was it a hack but rather, it was an attempt to frustrate the collection of Bureau of Statistics census data,” minister Michael McCormack told reporters in Canberra on Wednesday.

    So the sleaze, and the slime, and the ducking and weaving, and the lies and the cover ups start within hours of the event. About the kindest thing I can say is that I admire Mr McCormack’s verbal innovation and moral agility.

  14. stackja

    Dota 2 forum breach leaks 2 million user accounts
    The unnamed hacker took usernames, email addresses, and passwords.

  15. faceache

    The turncoat idiot is supposed to talk into the can. He really does know SFA

  16. Atoms for Peace

    My take is that the ABS servers are hosted in either Tasmania or South Australia, and that it was a denial of power attack.

  17. incoherent rambler

    Your honour, I detect some inconsistencies in the statements of the head of the ABS and the minister.
    Could you please remind them both of the penalties for perjury in the public domain?

  18. Leo G

    Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull commended the ABS for its innovative response to the problem.

    Wasn’t the ABS response, itself, part of the problem. The ABS media release about the problem didn’t appear on the ABS website until 6:45am this morning.

  19. incoherent rambler

    penalties for perjury in the public domain

    1. Promotion to the front bench.
    2. An ambassadors job
    3. Cash payout
    4. Repeat offenders – PM

  20. Thank you for participating in the Census.

    Do we get Certificates?

    Maybe a purple heart ribbon or an “I survived the census t-shirt”.

  21. Leigh Lowe

    Wasn’t it IBM who completely stuffed up the Queensland Health wages system?

    IBM sales-wankers love to strut around saying “no-one ever got fired for choosing IBM.”
    Mores the fucking pity.

  22. incoherent rambler

    I’m still waiting for my form to arrive.

  23. Leigh Lowe

    Yep, right when people have dinner, the kids are in bed, and they have few minutes. Had I done it online that is right about the time I would have started.

    Who are they trying to kid ?

    What?
    Noooo.
    In Canberra world, they would have all been given a leisurely two hours at work to complete it on-line during the day.
    The concept of people being flat-out doing a real job and only getting a chance to look at it after dinner simply didn’t occur to the lazy fuckers.

  24. Leigh Lowe

    Breaking …
    The ABS have announced that they would prefer if people phoned their details in, and Wyatt Roy will jot them down on a whiteboard.

  25. Menai Pete

    Is it true that the ABS takes the data off the server and manually enters it into a Visicalc spreadsheet for analysis (

  26. Leigh Lowe

    I’m still waiting for my form to arrive.

    I got a letter at the city penthouse (sorry for going Lizzie on you) and requested a paper copy.
    When I got to the country estate (Lizzie-ing again) there was another form under the mat.
    So I will end up with two forms.
    Double trouble.

  27. Mark from Melbourne

    2GB reporting that Census website was hacked. This is not good.

    Well, they would say that wouldn’t they.

    Absolute bullshit I’d reckon. They will never tell you what sort of “attack” it was, or if they do it will be a massive DDOS attack… untraceable and – not coincidentally – looking for all the World like they were massively overloaded.

  28. Baldrick

    It could be just me, but does anyone have the slightest ounce of faith in the integrity or security of filling out a government related form online after #CensusFail?

  29. Senile Old Guy

    Mr Turnbull said there would be a review into last night’s events, but said the ABS retained its “unblemished record” in regards to the security of census data. “The one thing that is absolutely crystal clear is that there was no penetration of the ABS website,” he said. “This is based on the advice we have.”

    In other words, if the data was hacked, we don’t know about it.

  30. stackja

    MT ‘succeeds’ again.

  31. Gab

    It could be just me, but does anyone have the slightest ounce of faith in the integrity or security of filling out a government related form online after #CensusFail?

    Nope. I’m not that daft.

  32. H B Bear

    Despite doing nothing for 12 months, Lord Waffleworth can’t even run dead for two weeks while the Olympic circus provides for the bread and circus crowd.

  33. Leigh Lowe

    Mr Turnbull said there would be a review into last night’s events, but said the ABS retained its “unblemished record” in regards to the security of census data. “The one thing that is absolutely crystal clear is that there was no penetration of the ABS website,” he said. “This is based on the advice we have.”

    Advice from whom?
    The same bozos who are running this clusterfuck?

  34. Carpe Jugulum

    So I will end up with two forms.
    Double trouble.

    You could use one of them to become a Latvian man named Cod Sposka living with his gypsy half brother Lapo Pentagalip.

    Education – PhD in Rocket Surgery
    Occupation – Rent Boy / Gigolo / Pickpocket
    Income – $3000 PA (declared)
    Marital Status – Polygamous cult leader

    Have fun with it.

  35. Perfidious Albino

    Canada has managed to run a competent online Census since 2006 (5 yearly) and the UK in 2011 (10 yearly), albeit both still post forms out to households as well, with online responses at approx. 20%.

    Interestingly, Lockheed Martin was the external contractor in both Canada and the UK in terms of providing the census infrastructure (actual data remaining with the respective national statistics bodies.

  36. Senile Old Guy

    Mr Turnbull said there would be a review into last night’s events, but said the ABS retained its “unblemished record” in regards to the security of census data. “The one thing that is absolutely crystal clear is that there was no penetration of the ABS website,” he said. “This is based on the advice we have.”

    Advice from whom? The same bozos who are running this clusterfuck?

    Of course. As a consequence, this ‘crystal clear’ advice is utterly unreliable. Yesterday morning, the ABC local radio ran an interview with some ABS person who assured us repeatedly that everything had been thoroughly checked and tested and everything was absolutely going to be fine…which is was right up until it wasn’t.

    My paper form still has not arrived.

  37. Atoms for Peace

    I’m starting to pine for Gillard..

  38. duncanm

    There was a large-scale denial-of-service attack on the website, which is when the site is flooded with requests for information and the servers are overwhelmed – as if a huge crowd of people tried to get through a doorway all at the same time.

    Do they even understand what they’re saying.

    The traditional way the census has been executed, reinforced by their advertising campaign, guaranteed that there would be an effective DDOS by the entire population of Australia.

  39. RobK

    Duncanm,
    The traditional way the census has been executed, reinforced by their advertising campaign, guaranteed that there would be an effective DDOS by the entire population of Australia.
    That’s how I see it too. In the design of any critical application you need redundancy. In a critical pumping application you have two sized pumps alternating duty on site and a spare in the store. A little more engineering design maybe required at ABS.

  40. JohnA

    Menai Pete #2115395, posted on August 10, 2016, at 12:15 pm

    Is it true that the ABS takes the data off the server and manually enters it into a Visicalc spreadsheet for analysis (

    Don’t you mean Visy-board recycled paper?

  41. RobK

    Visy-board recycled paper?
    An earlier comment suggested they’d moved up to whiteboard technology.

  42. H B Bear

    I’m starting to pine for Gillard..

    Waffleworth is right at the stage where Gillard was – couldn’t make it from week to week without something blowing up. For weeks Ol’ Leathery and the pom pom girls would lament, “If only Labor could get some clear air.”

    And this is before Parliament resumes where he blew a 30 seat majority, has no political capital, hasn’t passed the Budget and faces a hostile populist Senate. Good luck with that.

  43. Tel

    The one thing that is absolutely crystal clear is that there was no penetration of the ABS website,

    In my experience, phrases like “let me be clear”, or “absolutely crystal clear “, or “important to clarify” tend to be associated with obfuscation and misdirection.

    If a statement is clear and easy to understand, then there is no need to announce it as such.

  44. Fisky

    Here’s what we need to do. Demand that Turnbull announce there will be no fines for census non-completion this year. And watch as the balance of millions of households say, “fine, we won’t bother then!”.

    I think that’s Shorten’s playbook already. But there is no moral case for fining people who don’t fill out a potentially compromised census. Indeed it looks like the Russians have hacked us already.

  45. J.H.

    A “Denial of Service Attack”…. No, everyone finished dinner and then did their census form….. and the servers couldn’t handle the traffic. It is as simple as that.

  46. incoherent rambler

    Demand that Turnbull announce there will be no fines

    A Malleable approach to the problem.

  47. lotocoti

    I’m trying to see a downside to this whole exercise.
    Big Government types are upset by an obvious failure of Big Government.
    Small Government types are delighted by an obvious failure of Big Government.
    Malcolm cops another knee to the plums.

  48. J.H.

    I wonder if the Census site will crash after dinner tonight too?….. I’ll freaking die laughing if it does…… That’s when I’m gonna try and send mine again. 😉

  49. Fisky

    If Turnbull can be forced into a blanket amnesty on Census non-completion, this will be the end of his leadership. Millions of people will immediately opt-out of completing the census, and the data will be mostly useless. Just wait for the recriminations!

    That’s going to be the anti-Turnbull playbook in the next few weeks, and we must insist that Turnbull renounce all penalties for non-completion!

  50. Rafe

    It looks as though the site is still down!?

  51. Fisky

    Oh dear. Getup! are running interference for Turnbull on the #censusfail

    https://twitter.com/GetUp/status/763226422940794880

  52. RobK

    It will be interesting to see if Australia Post can handle a surge in snail mail or if it will need to be contracted out ….and a potential security breach?

  53. Louis Hissink

    Rafe, it still is down. Plan B – quilling your return.

  54. J.H.

    Doh!….. Holy crap. They still haven’t got it running yet….. The knob on the widget must’ve really gone bung!

  55. Louis Hissink

    Reminds of a cynical NASA engineer on the space program and the fact that in government the successful tender is always the cheapest. Does not bode well for QC of manned space capsules etc.

  56. Fisky

    The site is still down. Anyone know how to get a paper copy? As a Latvian transsexual pole-dancer, I am very keen to disclose my details to the government!

  57. incoherent rambler

    At time of posting –
    The Census website is unavailable

    We apologise for the inconvenience. There will be no fines for completing the Census after August 9. We will keep you updated.

    Privacy page from the ABS website –
    Protecting your privacy and confidentiality is critical to the ABS.

    This should be changed to –
    Protecting your privacy and confidentiality is critical to the ABS –
    True ? False ? Total fabrication ? Lie ? Bullsh1t ?

  58. Louis Hissink

    I wonder if they still use Chambers’ 7 figure Log tables………………

  59. Louis Hissink

    As a Latvian transsexual pole-dancer

    Considering the proximity of Poland to Latvia, this identity choice could be problematical…..

  60. J.H.

    Fisky… You can ring them and order a paper set….. except you can’t because the phones are down too….. Hahahaha.

  61. RobK

    At this point Winnie-the-Pooh throws his arms in the air and says “Oh Bother! “…and walks away.

  62. incoherent rambler

    Due to the failure of ABS online, phone and paper systems, in future the census will be conducted by professional interrogators. The government has outsourced this key role to US company Blakwarter.

  63. Eyrie

    So they mailed everyone a piece of paper with the login. Why didn’t the rocket scientists just mail out the friggin forms?

  64. Aaron

    So they mailed everyone a piece of paper with the login. Why didn’t the rocket scientists just mail out the friggin forms?

    They wanted to save money and trees. After last nights bungle, they may end up saving neither.

  65. Grigory M

    So they mailed everyone a piece of paper with the login. Why didn’t the rocket scientists just mail out the friggin forms?

    No point sending out a form when they want you to do it on line.

  66. incoherent rambler

    They wanted to save money

    But, but their budget has increased. How can they save money?

  67. Menai Pete

    I wonder if they still use Chambers’ 7 figure Log tables………………

    With a Brunsviga mechanical calculator.

  68. Asked the Child Bride yesterday where the Census form was so I could log in.
    Rotten bloody woman had snaffled it and done it Monday night.
    Foiled.

  69. Fisky

    Time to go on the offensive. The government is on the ropes. They are reeling. This could be the knockout! If somehow they can be persuaded to scrap the census, it’s over for Turnbull

    Director of privacy consulting firm Salinger Privacy and former NSW deputy privacy commissioner Anna Johnston called for a reset and rethinking of the entire process.

    “I think they should scrap the 2016 census,” she said.

    “I think the quality of the data has been so compromised because of all the people who couldn’t get through last night or got halfway through filling it in last night and it dropped out.

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-08-10/census-scrap-former-nsw-deputy-privacy-commissioner-says/7714362

  70. Grigory M

    All very exciting, but work calls – census later.

    Tell someone who cares.

    Glib – a bon voyage, sort of – how sweet. I do appreciate it, Thanks. :mrgreen:

  71. Gab

    The Australian Bureau of Statistics shut down the website after a series of denial-of-service attacks on Tuesday night, with the strongest one coming just after 7.30pm (AEST).

    lol the minister responsible for the Census said it was neither a hack nor (DOS) attack.

  72. Fisky

    BTW – watch out for the next step in the propaganda war. Turnbull and his lackeys are going to try to link this failure to Abbott. It’s coming, everyone knows it, and we must be prepared.

  73. Leigh Lowe

    You could use one of them to become a Latvian man named Cod Sposka living with his gypsy half brother Lapo Pentagalip.

    Education – PhD in Rocket Surgery
    Occupation – Rent Boy / Gigolo / Pickpocket
    Income – $3000 PA (declared)
    Marital Status – Polygamous cult leader

    Have fun with it.

    Hey, I’m already in the shit for impersonating two SA senators on the first form, so I can’t really make it worse for myself.

  74. incoherent rambler

    You are a bit slow Fisky.
    Everybody knows it was Tony Abbott’s fault.
    Not to mention the recent earthquake in Iwo Jima.

  75. Leigh Lowe

    The one thing that is absolutely crystal clear is that there was no penetration of the ABS website,

    In my experience, phrases like “let me be clear”, or “absolutely crystal clear “, or “important to clarify” tend to be associated with obfuscation and misdirection.


    Let me be clear – and I want to make it absolutely crystal clear – that it is important to clarify that I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Ms Lewinsky.

  76. Gab

    he one thing that is absolutely crystal clear is that there was no penetration of the ABS website,

    True. 7 million households couldn’t access the site.

  77. Gab

    ABS chief David Kalisch: “The scale of the attack, it was quite clear it was malicious.”

    Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull: “The site has not been hacked, it has not been interfered with.”

    Ahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

  78. Fisky

    Ooops. Government haven’t got their stories straight. This is only going to add to the media feeding frenzy.

  79. incoherent rambler

    A question for somebody who has seen the paper version.
    Would an old fashioned stamp the says : “I know nothing, I was in the toilet at the time.”
    cover most of the census questions?

  80. C.L.

    I make the call …

    Turnbull worse than Gillard.

  81. Grigory M

    Harmonisation – that’s what is now needed. But who can calm these troubled waters and show the way forward to Save the Census? Why, yonder is Tony Abbott with not much to do.

  82. incoherent rambler

    Big call C.L.

    If Mal had said :
    ” … hyperbowl … inedible mark on history … high dungeon …”
    or “Oive dunn nuffing rong!” then I might agree.

  83. ABS chief David Kalisch: “The scale of the attack, it was quite clear it was malicious.”

    Given the site is still unavailable, is the attack still ongoing or is it just overloaded now?

  84. incoherent rambler

    Instead Mal said:
    “err … umm …err … umm …err … umm …err … umm …err … umm …err … umm …err … umm …err … umm …err … umm …err … umm …err … umm …err … umm …err … umm …err … umm …err … umm …err … umm …err … umm …err … umm …err … umm …err … umm …”

  85. incoherent rambler

    it was quite clear it was malicious

    Where’s Monty?

  86. Atoms for Peace

    Let’s not forget Mal that made his bones in IT and thus trumps the ABS spokesdrone.

  87. calli

    I make the call …

    Turnbull worse than Gillard.

    Big call.

    I’ll wait for the race riot and hysterical meltdown in parliament.

  88. Aaron

    I make the call …

    Turnbull worse than Gillard.

    He hasn’t face planted… yet. Well physically anyways.

  89. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    I’ll wait for the race riot and hysterical meltdown in parliament.

    I’ll wait for the appearance in front of the Royal Commission.

  90. Menai Pete

    The ABS aired a dishonest advertisement on the night of 9 August 2016 by The advertisement can be viewed here: Census Advertisement
    The advertisement has a female voice saying “Remember, every household must participate”. The use of the word ‘must’ implies that the Census is compulsory. It is not.
    The 2011 census form stated “your cooperation is sought in completing this form” Nowhere on the form did it state that the Census is compulsory. A separate leaflet which the Census collectors gave to people who asked “is it compulsory?” stated “Ultimately, yes. … At this time you are being asked to answer the questions in the Census form. If you do not answer the questions, the Australian Statistician has the power to direct you in writing to provide the information.”
    The same circumstances currently apply to the 2016 Census.
    Here’s why:
    Section 10(3) of the Census and Statistics Act 1905 The Census, only gives the Statistician the power to REQUEST that a person fill up a form or answer questions in the Census. The status of the Census campaign on the night of 9 August 2016 was that the Statistician legally could only ‘request’ people to fill out the form. The use of the words ‘must participate’ in the television advertisement identified above was in conflict with the legal authority of the ABS and misleading in that it falsely implied that the Census is compulsory.
    The Act does have compulsion and penalty provisions but these could not be, and were not activated on census night. If a person refuses or ignores the ABS’ request for information then Section 10(4) of the Act gives the ABS the power “by notice in writing served either personally or by post on” the person to ‘direct’ that person to fill out the Census form. This authority was not active on the night of 9 August 2016 because no person had refused to comply with the ABS request per Section 10(3) and no Section 10(4) Notice of Direction had been served on any individual to render the Census compulsory.
    In summary, there was no legal compulsion on people to complete the Census form on 9 August 2016 and by using the phrase “Remember, every household must participate” in its advertisement the Australian Bureau of Statistics deliberately and dishonestly attempted to mislead and deceive the viewers of its advertisement.

  91. srr

    Well, I feel confident about my security, NOT!

    Just got this far –

    The Census website is unavailable
    We apologise for the inconvenience. There will be no fines for completing the Census after August 9. We will keep you updated.

    but then it wouldn’t let me leave the bloody dead page!

  92. H B Bear

    Snowcone has decided to ditch the bearded ladies and Iranian dwarf tossing for The Snowcone Variety Hour this week and has gone with Letters and Numbers maths nerd babe Lily Serna. In the interests of not ruining my fantasy of retiring to a small desert island with Ms Serna to surf for the remainder of my days I won’t be watching as I suspect she will fall in with the Snowcone virtue signalling pile on to any hapless conservatives.

  93. srr

    So this Data Collection of where every Australian of every sex and age can be expected to be found and what times and how much wealth and back up they have, That Collection of Data ENTERED, that “crashed”, but “hasn’t been hacked/has been aggressively attacked by foreign sources”, is nothing we should worry about?

    Just like no one should worry about Jihadists flying passenger liners or working at airports?

    Just like we also shouldn’t worry about rich Jihadists advancing invasion by “sponsoring” the importation of Jihadi “workers”?

    Just like we shouldn’t worry about all the government wonks (at all levels), making Non-Muslims criminals for expressing their disgust at Muslim criminals getting away with violent pack attacks?

    So, we should worry about this either, cos it must just be another coincidental stuff up, right?

    Top Ender
    #2115635, posted on August 10, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    Immigration website crashes:

    Government’s immigration website goes down
    AAP4:26PM August 10, 2016

    The immigration department’s online service has gone down.

    The ImmiAccount website on Wednesday afternoon posted the message: “Unplanned System Outage. ImmiAccount is currently unavailable. Technical teams are investigating the issue.”

    The service allows users to lodge a visa or citizenship application and check the progress of applications.

    The department said in a statement to AAP there were “IT issues” affecting the call centre, website and emails.

    “All of our systems which are critical to the security of the Australian border continue to function as normal,” the department said.
    “These issues are in no way linked to those experienced by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.”

    From the Oz – link if you dare.

    Nah, it’s Not Right!

    You tell us you don’t know what happened, you’re investigating both “crashes”, but you know they aren’t related and we are all secure?!

    Seriously, the govt wonks, I can almost forgive, but NOT any anonymous online IT “experts” who continue to tell us it’s cool, and only paranoid idiots would think otherwise.

    Or do I have to remind everyone again, that the one thing everyone agrees on is that Muslim Jihadists have been killing us with their highly skilled use of The Internet.

  94. Fisky

    This is not good.

    Asher Wolf [email protected]_Wolf 57m57 minutes ago
    So those census forms that were saved but not submitted because ppl couldn’t finish: they’re stored in plaintext. Not encrypted. #CensusFail

  95. srr

    calli
    #2115639, posted on August 10, 2016 at 4:51 pm

    I make the call …

    Turnbull worse than Gillard.

    Big call.

    I’ll wait for the race riot and hysterical meltdown in parliament.

    So, the meltdown of the government systems that harvest all our most personal information, that’s no biggie, coz … you don’t live in Australia … you’re only a sock puppet … got bloody well paid to help manoeuvre Turnbull into the PMship and you’ll lose your bonus if you cause him grief before time … ?

    The mind boggles …

    Fisky
    #2115675, posted on August 10, 2016 at 5:56 pm
    This is not good.

    Asher Wolf [email protected]_Wolf 57m57 minutes ago
    So those census forms that were saved but not submitted because ppl couldn’t finish: they’re stored in plaintext. Not encrypted. #CensusFail

    Not to mention all the data ENTERED but that we’re told, simply “vanished” when people tried to send the completed online form. Where, into The Cloud? Siphoned into another’s system?

    And, while we’re at it, how secure are all the mailed, paper forms, sent through AusPost, headed by that very dodgy Muslim.

  96. Stackja

    ABS doesn’t know about SAD? How sad?

  97. Myrddin Seren

    ABS chief David Kalisch: “The scale of the attack, it was quite clear it was malicious.”

    Yup – millions of Australians trying to log on like a few of us here last night, to much hilarity.

    The government now declares compliant middle class citizens as ‘malicious’ because their system design was up their arses. This is how it starts.

    ( Disclaimer – I may be exaggerating here a bit, but there is a fair case to be made that the Protected Classes of the West are irrevocably fed up with their existing, fickle demos – and are pretty keen to find ways to replace the existing electorate with a more accommodating one. The middle class is squarely in the sights ).

  98. Old School Conservative

    Assuming the decision to do this census on line was made by labor during its lamentable period in office, we have yet another landline planted in the Australian populace by those reprobates. Deliberately.
    Add it to NBN, NDIS, unlimited university places and the carbon tax as Australia-destroying initiatives.

  99. Fisky

    Andrew Wilkie MPVerified account [email protected] 2h2 hours ago
    This census must be abandoned. Results worthless. Shocking waste of money. Minister and ABS chief must be sacked. AW #auspol #CensusFail

    This is terrific. Hopefully the Senate cross-bench will take up the call for the census to be scrapped. First we have to force Turnbull to abandon all fines up to and after September 23. Then, once that has been declared, it becomes in effect a voluntary census that no one needs to complete. When the census collapses, that’s it for the government. They’re done.

  100. Fisky

    Assuming the decision to do this census on line was made by labor during its lamentable period in office,

    That decision was in fact taken under Labor.

  101. Stackja

    OSC – Census parting from RGR.

  102. Grigory M

    Assuming the decision to do this census on line was made by labor during its lamentable period in office, we have yet another landline planted in the Australian populace by those reprobates.

    At the 2011 Australian Census, residents were able to complete their information* on line if they chose to. We did, and it was a doddle – as it was again for people who got on line for this year’s Census before last night’s meltdown. Folks here at the Cat have said they did so, as early as 5.30 yesterday morning, and that it was easy and took only 15 minutes and was submitted without a hitch.

    * including names and addresses (which have been collected in every Census since 1911), as well as the option to allow their retention for 99 years and publication after that time (this option was also available at the 2006 Census, when the Coalition was in government).

  103. Grigory M

    That decision was in fact taken under Labor.

    Who have, of course, been Australia’s Federal government since they won office in September 2013 – whereupon they immediately declared 2016 to be The Year of The On Line Census. 😉

  104. cynical1

    The Government have now called in an IT guru to help it secure the site.

    Mr Stephen Conroy has announced he will commence work as soon as he has stretched a pair
    of red undies over the PM’s head….

  105. Eyrie

    Grigory M, god help us but you are a fuckwit.

  106. Grigory M

    Eerie – why would God help you two?

  107. Fisky

    The Government have now called in an IT guru to help it secure the site.

    The problem is, the head of the ABS yesterday admitted the site was “attacked”. So even if they do get the site up and running again, people will simply be able to quote the ABS head and claim it is unsafe to enter their private information. Especially as they were furiously assured prior to census date that the website was safe, and it clearly wasn’t.

    So I don’t think they will be able to punish people for boycotting the census, and that means the census is over.

  108. Fisky

    Mumbles and Bernard Salt are very angry at Australians for not trusting the government. They are furious that anyone doubted the government’s competency.

  109. Leo G

    Malcolm Turnbull in a radio interview by Alan Jones this morning has claimed that that DDoS attacks on the Census site were entirely predictable and the fault lays with the ABS and its contractor IBM who failed to establish proper layered protection (particularly upstream blackholing) against ‘automated botnet pingers’.

  110. calli

    So, the meltdown of the government systems that harvest all our most personal information, that’s no biggie, coz … you don’t live in Australia … you’re only a sock puppet … got bloody well paid to help manoeuvre Turnbull into the PMship and you’ll lose your bonus if you cause him grief before time … ?

    Only in your fevered imagination, srr.

  111. Pat Warnock

    Were the Rabbids in charge of this?

Comments are closed.