The Office of National Statistics (ONS) has confirmed that the suspected hack of its UK Census 2011 data was a hoax.
On Tuesday, a document posted to Pastebin and claiming to come from notorious hacking group LulzSec said it had obtained the census details of every citizen in the UK and threatened to post them on The Pirate Bay.
"We have blissfully obtained records of every single citizen who gave their records to the security-illiterate UK government for the 2011 census," the statement read.
"We're keeping them under lock and key though... so don't worry about your privacy (...until we finish re-formatting them for release)."
However, the ONS Census department confirmed to V3.co.uk that there had been no breach.
"I can reassure the public that their census records are secure. We have strict measures in place protecting the nation's census information," read a statement from census director, Glen Watson.
"The claim that hackers got in looks like a hoax and our investigation concluded that there is no sign of any suspicious activity. However, we are not complacent and will remain vigilant."
LulzSec itself had also denied involvement in the hack, stating in a Twitter update: "Don't believe fake LulzSec releases unless we put out a tweet first."
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