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Australian census back online 2 days after cyberattack

CANBERRA, Australia – Australia’s first attempt to conduct a census online has resumed almost two days after it shut down due to what an angry prime minister described as system failures that left it vulnerable to cyberattack.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Thursday blamed failures of the Australian Bureau of Statics and systems provider IBM after the 470 million Australian dollar ($360 million) national survey was taken offline on Tuesday.

The bureau removed the site because a digital shield failed to block traffic from a fourth denial-of-service attack that came from somewhere overseas.

The bureau later tweeted that the website is available again almost 43 hours after it was shut down.

The bureau thanked followers for their patience and apologized for the inconvenience.