Hackers with humour, LulzSec say they have got their mischief-making mitts on the data gathered in the UK 2011 Census and say they'll post them on the web in the very near future.
A spokeswoman for the Office for National Statistics confirmed to us that it aware of the claim and said it being investigated. The outfit is unable to confirm any breach at this time.
But in a claim posted on Pastebin, the LulzSer say they have “blissfully obtained records of every single citizen who gave their records to the security-illiterate UK government for the 2011 census”.
The heist is part of its #AntiSec campaign which is a call to arms to hackers to expose as much governmental data as they can muster in an attempt to protect 'freedom' on the interwebs. The realisation that their antics will provoke a backlash likely to constrain online freedoms may hit them eventually. Meanwhile we'll sit back an enjoy the 'lulz'.
The LulzSec statement reads:
The Office for National Statistics promised to let us know how its investigation proceeds.
We just received this statement from the 2011 Census Press Office:
"We are aware of the suggestion that census data has been accessed. We are working with our security advisers and contractors to establish whether there is any substance to this. The 2011 Census places the highest priority on maintaining the security of personal data. At this stage we have no evidence to suggest that any such compromise has occurred."