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The Office for National Statistics has confirmed that UK census data collected in March is safe and has not been hacked. The rumour that LulzSec had pinched the data on 25 million UK households started when someone put a fake note on PasteBin. LulzSec had already denied the break-in two days ago. The hacking collective, …


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  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    "UK census data is safe"

    "UK census data has not been lifted this time"

    There, fixed.

    1. Wize

      Needs further modification

      Throw the word 'yet' into the mix.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      corrected correction

      "UK census data has not been lifted by this specific group this time"

      Of course several other far worse groups have already got the full databases, including a US arms dealer...

      1. Anonymous Coward

        Made them look

        The scary thing is the allegation needed to be investigated. One would have hoped the data was kept somewhere without a connection to the Internet, so they could instantly refute it. The delay and investigation speaks volumes for their confidence in their own security.

        Now, everyone knows it's held somewhere connected to the Internet. Whilst it was a false alarm this time, it may not be next time. The hackers only have to get 'lucky' once, and they now know it's a credible target.

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    I thought that he had done the dirty on the British Pornographic Industry and International Federation of the Pornographic Industry and thought that really would be a denial of service, but then I put my glasses on and saw that it was the British Phonographic Industry and International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. So how come there is any question of denial of service, surely you need a service to exist before it could be denied?

    Still it is better news that the census was not hacked, I cannot now remember what data they collected but it is better that it was not lost if only to reduce the resulting flow of conspiracy slush. Unless of course the denial of loss was also a conspiracy, Oh dear where will this end?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward


      Denial of disservice ? (+1 : puzzlement due to the same ho/or misread :)

  3. Elmer Phud

    Safe and sound - sound as a pound

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

    Yup, to think that someone else may have made a fortune from selling the data must have been terrible.

    1. Ian Yates

      Top priority

      So, you know, we're going to put it on a network that isn't accessible from teh Interwebs.

      Oh no, wait, everything has to be accessible for some reason no one knows. Or maybe I'm just missing the obvious non-cynical reason for having a shit-ton (official term) of personally identifiable information on a non-private network.

      This goes for all government departments.

  4. Jonnyp

    Lockheed Martin huh. That's reassuring.

    1. Anonymous Coward

      Yeah, about that.

      Why exactly is my census form in the hands of an American arms manufacturer?

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Paris Hilton


        you filled it in and didn't put it in the bin.

      2. hplasm

        Now they can program cruise missiles

        on a post code basis.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Thumb Up

      No sarcase, they were attacked and no data was lost... really is reassuring !

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Now they've denied it happened...

    .... must be the best time to release the data.

  6. BlueGreen

    doesn't matter either way to me

    Census guy came a-knocking and I refused on moral grounds which he said was a first (ie his first refusal for any reason). Explained my concerns and printed out the reg article <> for him.

    So far, so nothing. Slow, or do they not wish to contest what might be messy for them?

  7. Southern

    Great news

    Lockheed Martin and co must be breathing sighs of relief that the data is not out in the open after all. Now the only thing left to do is to PR management of any bad press and tighten their procedures in case any official government department comes knocking to double check their security.

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  9. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    No Knowledge

    I was very relieved to hear that this data was safe. I though this website was guilty - and still is from the way this article has been written - of sensationalist journalism. There was no evidence of a data leak but the issue was given too much publicity for a non-story.

    I am a Lockheed Martin UK employee but not part of the census team. Notice the UK part of that. LM has a big presence in the UK and one of the main reasons for getting the census contract was that we have provided handwriting recognition software to Royal Mail to read envelopes at the sorting office.

    Lockheed Martin Corporation is a big arms contractor, and also into space, electronic systems and security. Those people who connect the contract for the UK census with US arms need to realise that most big US corporations are doing a lot of work in the UK. That's the way of the modern world.

    1. Anonymous Coward

      @No Knowledge

      "That's the way of the modern world"

      It doesn't have to be this way.

      My Census went in the bin. I do have a problem with being terrorized into giving LM my personal data. Enjoy your job.

      Do Gooder.

    2. Chief sub

      Being El Reg means never having to say you're sorry...

      " I though[t] this website was guilty - and still is from the way this article has been written - of sensationalist journalism. There was no evidence of a data leak but the issue was given too much publicity for a non-story."

      Too true. The Register was as responsible for spreading this story as anyone else. But don't expect a hands-up-we-woz-wrong from this smart-arse lot.

      1. MichaelBirks

        Re: Chief Sub

        Despite the face that they've posted equal reports about the various denials from LulSec?

  10. Mr Bean

    Isn't it amazing...

    how so many, including myself and the ONS, assumed it was true/plausible? I guess we're thinking *when* the next big hack will be, not *if* there will be another big hack.

  11. MichaelBirks
    Black Helicopters

    Official Government Denial

    Given that this is an Official Government Denial, does that mean the denied events actually happened?

    "Look, the Government's denying it - it must be True!"

  12. Spanners Silver badge
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    If some US lawyer for the Music And Film Industries Association of America, the NSA or whatever went to court, would they be able to get access to the data? I am all for international trade - if we are keeping the data out of the hands of mega corporations and other criminals.

    LM is a subsidiary. They have to do what the boss says - we might never know anyway.

  13. Anonymous Coward

    We caught all the perps...

    ...and we probably have all the data here someplace to prove it...

  14. Deckchair

    is required.

    Sadly Mr AC Lockheed employee its the world we now live in. News todays consists not of facts but of rumour and unsubstantiated accusation.

    I'm not suprised your post got downvoted by the frothy mouthed commentards who then neglected to attempt to rebut your statement.

  15. Southern

    To AC @ Lockheed

    Thanks for a bit of insider info, a shame that your post got voted down.

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