Atheist Census was launched on 7 December and received 8,880 confirmed entries with another c. 2,300 pending before it was taken offline by a DoS (denial of service) attack about 17 hours after launch. The census and DoS attack were mentioned in media reports: Huffington Post, Examiner, Christian Post.
If you have not already contributed to Atheist Census, make sure you are counted! All data from before the DoS attack has been retained, so if you have already confirmed your data you do not need to enter it again. While the DoS attack did take Atheist Census offline the database was not compromised in any way. Further, once data has been confirmed the corresponding email address is stored in a one-way encrypted format for enhanced security.
We have re-sent confirmation emails to the c. 2,300 people who had pending entries for Atheist Census - if you have received an Atheist Census validation email in the last 12 hours please click on the link in the email to confirm your data.
And please help Atheist Census grow by telling others about it - "like" Atheist Census on Facebook, tweet about it (#atheistcensus), distribute the link through any social media channels you use!
Finally, the cost of Atheist Census has increased as result of additional protection put in place after the DoS attack. Any donations to support Atheist Census would be greatly appreciated - please click here to donate.