Office of National Statistics: 'no evidence of data compromise'

LulsZec - has it come to our Census
LulsZec - has it come to our Census

There were rumours and speculation abound today that hacking collective LulzSec had managed to grab the entire Census 2011 database from the computers of the Office of National Statistics, but we have contacted the agency and it seems that no data compromise has been found as of yet.

If the rumours turn out to be true and LulzSec have managed to obtain the entire Census then this will be one of the biggest hacks the UK had ever seen, but the ONS has told TechRadar that nothing as of yet has been found to suggest a hack has taken place.

Aware of the suggestion

"We are aware of the suggestion that census data has been accessed," said the ONS in a statement.

"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."

A member of LulzSec had apparently posted on Pasteboard - and reported by The Next Web - that the Census had been hacked, although this wasn't verified by LulzSec on its Twitter page.

And the LulzSec drama continues with news that its 'master mind' may have been arrested. It is being reported that a 19 year old in Essex has been arrested in connection with a series of high-profile hacks. Although nothing is yet public in linking this to the hacking collective.


LulzSec has used Twitter to mock news sites who originally said they had hacked the Census and that their 'mastermind' has been captured.

"Seems the glorious leader of LulzSec got arrested, it's all over now... wait... we're all still here! Which poor bastard did they take down?" said one tweet.

While another commented: "Just saw the pastebin of the UK census hack. That wasn't us - don't believe fake LulzSec releases unless we put out a tweet first."

Marc Chacksfield

Marc Chacksfield is the Editor In Chief, at DC Thomson. He started out life as a movie writer for numerous (now defunct) magazines and soon found himself online - editing a gaggle of gadget sites, including TechRadar, Digital Camera World and Tom's Guide UK. At Shortlist you'll find him mostly writing about movies and tech, so no change there then.