ABS 2016 Australian Census Attack Problem

ABS 2016 Australian Census Attack Problem

So when attempting to fill out the recent census this year, low and behold it’s non-responsive.


What was more aggravating was when checking social media sources, people were handing off the Bureau’s explanation, citing Abors LAYER 4 ATTACK MAP and criticising ABS for foul play….

Census is a layer 7 application, the attacker would use layer 7 HTTP floods!! There wont be any measurable layer 4 data!!

I’ve posted on topics of protecting against Application Layer attacks before, I’m not giving an excuse for ABS, but it certainly re-validates the fact that it could have been an “attack”.


Original news article – news.com.au

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