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ISP mistake cuts off YouTube, Pakistan from the internet

The world was cut off from YouTube and Pakistan was cut off from the world, due to a series of mistakes in handling Pakistan’s decree to block the popular video-sharing site.

It all started on Sunday, when Pakistani officials announced that the country will begin censoring YouTube, citing videos considered blasphemous to the country’s Islamic values.

According to Information Week, Pakistan’s ISPs were given immediate orders to block the popular video-sharing site. One such ISP, PieNet, blocked YouTube in such a way that requests to the site were routed to a webpage that they saw fit. Trouble set in afterwards, when the block was propagated to Hong Kong-based telecom provider PCCW. Technical errors caused PCCW’s changes to propagate throughout the entire world, sending the world’s YouTube requests to PieNet’s block page.

Details of what happened next are unclear, but it appears PCCW spotted the error and saw fit to cut off Pakistan’s internet access until it resolved the issue.

“The leadership of Pakistan just created a massive Denial of Service [attack] on their own country,” wrote blogger Richard Stiennon in ZDNet’s Threat Chaos.

According to YouTube parent Google, problems lasted for “about two hours.”

“Traffic to YouTube was routed according to erroneous internet protocols, and many users around the world could not access our site,” said Google in a statement, noting that it is “working with others in the internet community to prevent this from happening again.”

Speaking with the BBC, an unnamed networking expert thinks the blackout was “probably a simple mistake made by an engineer … there’s nothing to suggest this was malicious.”

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By sfi786 on 2/25/2008 8:17:47 PM , Rating: 0
Well, watching a woman with her face uncovered is one thing but seeing a prophet who is respected and admired by 1.25 Billion Muslim being insulted is another.

Article does mention there being something on Utube that is against 'Islamic values'. But it failed to mention what pacifically. Yes we are talking about infamous Danish Cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad. Nobody likes to see there mother being raped and for a Muslim there is no other parallel and it does not have to be against your values to not to ‘admire’ that sight.

Freedom of speech Vs justice

By Tacoloft on 2/25/2008 8:27:55 PM , Rating: 5
I don't know. I think that Freedom of Speech is in and of itself Justice. I believe that everyone has the right to say and communicate what they want- regardless of religion, sex, race, ect... That is in fact the very beauty of Freedom. This extends to art as well. Now, do people have the right to be offended?-Sure. But they fail to realize that they do not have to browse to youtube. So in affect they are itching for a bitching when they search for offensive material and I say screw them-- youtube has the right to fold under pressure as I am sure they will because the world is turning into a bunch of offended pansies.

By eye smite on 2/25/2008 11:44:42 PM , Rating: 4
I just find it humurous that they created their own land mine, then stepped on it. lol

Seriously though, many countries don't share the same freedom or views on freedom that we do, so it's not much a surprise to me. Ah well, you win some you lose some.

By robinthakur on 2/26/2008 5:15:52 AM , Rating: 1
Oh GET A GRIP! I just drew a picture of the flying Spagghetti monster with a meatball on his head, should I be skewered to the ground for it or blown up? You can't just happen across the content you have to search for it; And this is ignoring the fact that...ITS A CARTOON. If it offends you that much then logic should step in and tell you that you're going crazy and to seek help. However when everybody around you has nothing better to do than to be outrageously offended because they don't have anything other than religious education and are jobless, it lends credence to this ignorance. Regardless, mass delusion (aka any religion) should never trump freedom of speech and it certainly doesn't in the west. Youtube should NOT back down on this, and if they do then this cartoon should be reproduced all over the internet until these people get so offended that they just implode (in the privacy of their own home) and do us all favour.

Not to even mention the fact that since not an inconsiderable number of Muslims think that blowing yourself up to kill innocent people in public places is perfectly acceptable what's wrong with him carrying the odd bomb or two in his turban? Surely it would be hypocritical not to?

By Fnoob on 2/25/2008 8:28:32 PM , Rating: 5
Freedom of speech Vs justice

Islamic values forbid rational discussion of this subject.

Google 'teddybear/mohammed', as youTube may be down./

By sfi786 on 2/25/08, Rating: -1
By sfi786 on 2/25/08, Rating: -1
By Tacoloft on 2/25/08, Rating: -1
By Fnoob on 2/25/2008 8:43:20 PM , Rating: 3
Son of a man.

By MrTeal on 2/25/2008 8:32:39 PM , Rating: 5
I'm sorry, but if seeing a religious figure (not Allah mind you, just a man) drawn with a bomb on his head evokes the same level as disgust as watching your mother get raped, you have seriously misplaced values.

By jajig on 2/25/2008 8:38:37 PM , Rating: 1
I couldn't agree more.

By sfi786 on 2/25/08, Rating: 0
By Tacoloft on 2/25/2008 9:00:57 PM , Rating: 2
I have to agree with sfi786 on this one- just another thing that is a damn shame in the "offended" world, the all encompassing ace of spades beats all Race Card! (can I even say spade?)

By tedrodai on 2/26/08, Rating: 0
By mmntech on 2/25/2008 8:50:28 PM , Rating: 3
I have to agree with the South Park point of view on the subject. *Muslims* are not allowed to show pictures of Mohammad. Freedom of religion does not mean freedom from criticism. Freedom of speech however is inalienable. If Pakistan wants to block/shut down Youtube over that nonsense just further serves to justify their reputation and suspension from the Commonwealth. The country isn't exactly well known for their spotless human rights record.

By TomCorelis on 2/25/2008 8:37:19 PM , Rating: 2
One of the articles I linked to seems to think that the 'blasphemous' argument is just a red herring to deflect attention away from something else. Valleywag thinks its two specific videos; they were one of the blog's recent posts.

In either case, I chose not to elaborate so that you guys could figure out for yourself.

By flare99 on 2/26/2008 3:17:48 AM , Rating: 4
And I always thought that the journalists love go deep into the story and report it all instead of leaving it for the readers to figure out after all is said and done.

By shuninxuo on 2/26/2008 12:54:58 AM , Rating: 5
How can you call this justice?

Following the rules of Islam is a responsibility of Muslims. Not non Muslims. If Muslims are offended by certain things, it is their responsibility to avoid those things. It is not the rest of the world's responsibility to destroy our own freedoms to accommodate them.

Watching your mother get raped and creating an image of Mohamed are two very different things. One is violence against a close loved one. The other is a harmless image that one culture out of many finds offensive. There is no comparison.

To follow Islamic law in fear of offending them is not justice. It's self imposed oppression and damned stupid.

Generally when non Muslims are offended, they get angry. They try to pass laws to ban the offensive things. They boycott the offensive things.

When Muslims are offended, people die. (talking about modern times, not the past.) This should not be tolerated let alone accommodated.

For the rest of the world to reward this behavior by limiting our own freedoms is disgusting. That is offensive in the extreme.

By shuninxuo on 2/26/2008 1:00:29 AM , Rating: 2
(talking about modern times, not the past.)

was meant for non muslims generally taking peaceful actions against what they find offenive. Not Muslims reacting with violence to whatever offends them.


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