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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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RE: ALLAH FORBID!
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.


RE: ALLAH FORBID!
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.


RE: ALLAH FORBID!
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?


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