As widely expected, the Census website fell over last night — but the ABS has said it was with a little help from external players.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has continued its run of outs, scoring an own goal in the Census main event last night, after the agency claimed the site crashed thanks to four denial of service attacks.

“The 2016 online Census form was subject to four Denial of Service attacks of varying nature & severity,” the ABS said on Twitter this morning.

“The first three caused minor disruption but more than 2 million Census forms were successfully submitted and safely stored. After the fourth attack, just after 7:30pm, the ABS took the precaution of closing down the system to ensure the integrity of the data.”

“Steps have been taken during the night to remedy these issues, and we can reassure Australians that their data are secure at the ABS.”

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