Based on these reports I am commencing an investigation of the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) in regards to these cyber attacks, under the AustralianPrivacy Act 1988. My first priority is to ensure that no personal information has been compromised as a result of these attacks.
ABS have confirmed that a decision was taken last night to shut down the website in order to protect personal data.
Yesterday I noted that the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner has been briefed by the ABS on the privacy protections put in place for the Census. My office will continue to work with the ABS to ensure they are taking appropriate steps to protect the personal information collected through the Census.
Timothy Pilgrim PSM
Australian Privacy Commissioner
Acting Australian Information Commissioner