Didn't you know....
....the money has been going to the estate of J. R. R. Tolkien to licence the company name.
3 posts • joined 7 Apr 2016
It's a simple case of SoftLayer not being able to keep up with user load...
(Timeline comes from www.smh.com.au/national/census-website-attacked-by-hackers-abs-claims-20160809-gqouum.html )
<mark>Mmmm... I’ve got some time on my coffee break…</mark>
<b>Tuesday 10.08am:</b> Australian Bureau of Statistics online monitoring systems detected a significant increase in traffic. It lasted 11 minutes causing a system outage of five minutes. The traffic increase was suspected to be a denial of service and investigations were commenced by ABS and IBM.
<mark>Better start it before I go to lunch…</mark>
<b>11.46am:</b> Another increase in traffic was observed consistent with a second denial of service. A mitigation response plan to block all international traffic was activated at 11.50am, which immediately stopped the event. The ABS kept the block on all international traffic until midnight.
<b>11.55am:</b> The incident was reported to the Australian Signals Directorate to seek advice on prevention of further incidents or any intelligence-related threat to the ABS.
<mark>Let’s get it done BEFORE dinner…</mark>
<b>4.58pm:</b> An increase in traffic was defended by network firewalls. Additional measures were taken to prevent further attempts of this type.
<b>6.15pm:</b> A small-scale denial of service was attempted on the ABS website and stopped by the standard denial of service protections.
<b>7.30pm:</b> The online census form monitoring systems detected a significant denial of service. This event took a different form from those before, as there was a large increase in traffic with thousands of Australians logging on to complete their census.
<b>7.45pm:</b> The ABS shut down the online form to protect the system from further incidents.
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