The fascinating case of the Australian Census

By 11 August 2016Blog

By Romain Bigeard, Senior DevOps Consultant, Avocado

I must admit that as a performance engineer, I have been fascinated by the census website story here in Australia.

To simplify, the idea was that the entire population of Australia would fill its census form online on August 9 (although you could ask for a paper version). The website failed on the day of its release and has been unavailable for nearly 24 hours.

It was first assumed the load was too high for the system to handle, but later reports suggested several waves of DOS (denial of service) attacks were to blame. The fourth wave of attacks led the Australian Bureau of Statistics to close the website due to a possible security issue. We don’t have much more to go on.

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