The Office for National Statistics (ONS) is investigating claims that LulzSec, the hacktivist group with a number of high-profile denial of service attacks under its belt, has hacked into 2011 census data.
In a statement released yesterday, the ONS said: ‘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.
The claim appeared on the Pastebin website yesterday. It said: ‘We have blissfully obtained records of every single citizen who gave their records to the security-illiterate UK government for the 2011 census.
‘We’re keeping them under lock and key though… so don’t worry about your privacy (…until we finish re-formatting them for release).
‘Myself and the rest of my Lulz shipmates will then embark upon a trip to ThePirateBay with our beautiful records for your viewing pleasure.
The claim has since been denied by the group via its official Twitter feed but if rumours of the attack turn out to be true, then someone could have access to the personal details of every man, woman and child in the UK.
Since its emergence in May, LulzSec has launched a number of high profile attacks against the websites of the American X-Factor, the CIA, the Serious and Organised Crime Agency and the US Senate. It has also claimed responsibility for the security breaches at Sony and Nintendo.
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