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Hackers were able to access the U.S. Census Bureau's computer servers during a cyberattack in Jan. 2020, according to a watchdog report, though they weren't able to get to Census 2020 data.

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Hackers were able to access the U.S. Census Bureau's computer servers during a cyberattack in Jan. 2020, according to a watchdog report, though they weren't able to get to Census 2020 data.


Census hit by cyberattack, US count unaffected

 Acting Census Bureau director Ron Jarmin said the attack had no impact on the results, which were released last week. 

 FILE - This March 18, 2020 file photo taken in Idaho shows a form for the U.S. Census 2020. It’s a mystery that Census Bureau statisticians and outside experts are trying to unravel: Why were there so many unanswered questions about households in the 2020 census? The blank answers spanned across all categories of questions and all modes of responding. 

(John Roark/The Idaho Post-Register via AP, File) U.S. Census Bureau computer servers were exploited last year during a cybersecurity attack, but it didn’t involve the 2020 census, and hackers’ attempts to keep access to the system were unsuccessful, according to a watchdog report released Wednesday.

 The report found the agency didn't implement sufficient protection measures before the attack or keep system logs. The agency took too long to detect and report the attack, according to the watchdog. 

The Census is conducted every 10 years, as required by the U.S. Constitution.

 The results are used to establish congressional and legislative districts and determine how many seats each state receives. 

They also determine how the $1.5T of federal funds are allocated each year.
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