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Lulzsec Census Data Hack Statement Was Hoax Says UK Government

The Office of National Statistics (ONS) issued a statement earlier today saying that the data collected in the decennial census was secure and safe and that the allegation it had been hacked was without any foundation.

Glen Watson, the census director, said "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."

He also added that the Office of National Statistics was "not complacent and will remain vigilant" before saying that securing and keeping the census data confidential was its priority.

The data will be released in the public domain in 100 years but many, including the majority of the UK press, thought that hacking group Lulzsec had hacked and stolen data from the 2011 census according to an anonymous statement posted on Pastebin.

Lulzsec however subsequently quickly denied that in a post on their official Twitter account. Few questioned the legitimacy of the alleged Lulzsec statement when it appeared online, although it must be noted that anyone can post to Pastebin.

Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.