Thursday, 23 June 2011

2011 census theft a hoax

Various reports from yesterday that the entire UK Census for 2011 had been hacked into and stolen have been confirmed by the Office for National Statistics as a hoax - here's the blurb (from

The Office for National Statistics reaffirmed today that personal census information is secure and an allegation made Tuesday 21 June, that it has been hacked is without foundation. Census Director, Glen Watson, said:

“I can reassure the public that their census records are secure. We have strict measures in place protecting the nation’s census information. The claim that hackers got in looks like a hoax and our investigation concluded that there is no sign of any suspicious activity. The alleged hackers have also denied any involvement.

“However, we are not complacent and will remain vigilant. The security and confidentiality of census data remain our top priority."

Meanwhile, the Scotland's Census team are looking for feedback on how the actual census campaign was run - to fill out the online survey visit - you have until July 1st to do so.


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