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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: blow yourself up
By sfi786 on 2/25/2008 9:23:34 PM , Rating: 2

if I point out something hateful done by the 'other side' then I am being hateful?

You don't work at Fox News by any chance?

RE: blow yourself up
By Fnoob on 2/25/2008 9:36:22 PM , Rating: 3
You can point out instances of Fox News blowing up women and children?

Certainly the 'other side' (as we are to you) has done some serious damage - however, has it been hatefully targeted at innocent women and children?

'They' say that the suicide bombings in Iraq/Afghanistan/Pakistan have been attributed to a resistance to US forces/influence in the area. These suicide bombings, killings of the innocents we are sworn to protect - KEEP US THERE. Please, for the love of all that is holy, stop blowing people up. We will leave. It's just that simple. One way to envision a more peacefull world for your children to live in is to not strap on a suicide vest on the way to work.

RE: blow yourself up
By sfi786 on 2/25/08, Rating: -1
RE: blow yourself up
By SlyNine on 2/26/2008 5:39:21 AM , Rating: 2
The fact is they do blow up their own people to try and make us look bad, Not only that but they hide their own people in buildings that might be targeted. They are only interested in making the US look like the bad guy so they can take control for them selves.

The reason we stay in places like Iraq and afghan is because of the people that are trying to cease control, The idea that these people are trying to simply kick us out is absurd. If these people would stop using terror tactics to try and control the government there we would leave sooner rather then later.

RE: blow yourself up
By Spuke on 2/26/2008 3:33:49 PM , Rating: 2
sfi786 has some reading comprehension issues.

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