Census website back online after cyber attack

The Census website is back online after it was shut down following a series of cyber attacks on Tuesday.

The website was disabled around 7.30pm on August 9 following multiple denial of service (DOS) attacks.

It occurred while millions of Australians attempted to complete their digital census applications online.


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At a press conference on Friday, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the Australian Bureau of Statistics had “inconvenienced millions of Australians.”

“Which heads roll, where and when, will be determined once the review is complete,” Mr Turnbull said.

“I made it very, very clear that what we needed to do was be absolutely straight and frank with the Australian people.

“This has been a failure of the ABS.”

Hundreds of thousands of census applications have been submitted online since the site was re-activated on Thursday afternoon.