Friday, August 12, 2016

What do census cyber attackers and One Nation voters have in common?

Perhaps they were both sick of being shouted down and considered loonies.

In the leadup to the digital census night on Tuesday Aug9 there were concerns - valid I suppose - about the new ABS plan to hold onto identifying details for four years. I don't give a crap - my movement details, my personal details and pretty much anything about me is held by Google and Facebook - but I have a number of friends who do a great job of guarding their details.

Those with concerns over security were shouted down as "tin foil hats" by Christopher Pyne. About the same time we were getting told that the system was bulletproof.

I don't think Australians like being shouted down as loonies and there's a really good chance that some people decided "screw you, we'll crash your servers". I expect that the DDOS attack was not rocket science:

"This was not an attack. Nor was it a hack but rather, it was an attempt to frustrate the collection of Bureau of Statistics Census data," Mr McCormack said.

"ABS census security was not compromised. I repeat, not compromised, and no data was lost."

"The good news is the firewalls held up," the minister said.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's cybersecurity adviser said the tussle between ABS protections and the would-be hackers ended in "a draw".

"I would say they successfully caused frustration," Alistair MacGibbon said.

So, someone was calling a huge proportion of people loonies who shouldn't even be raising their concerns. Perhaps that segment of the population said "screw you" and made their thoughts known in a way that they could.

Brexit, Trump and the revival of One Nation
So perhaps if people are ridiculed for bringing up a point of view they will make their thoughts known in any manner they can. Perhaps if we - from our latte kingdoms - instantly default to namecalling "racist, homophobe, intolerant, human rights abuser" we are forcing the people whose views aren't ours to make themselves heard.
Take a good look at this lady. I'm sure she thanks us for sending a whole bunch of your average Australians into her waiting arms.

“He said: ‘You’ve got my number, ring me up any time’. I said: ‘I will, don’t worry about that’,” Ms Hanson said. “He was the man who said I would not be welcome at Parliament House. Thank you Malcolm. You got me more votes. That’s why I am there.”

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