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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 voodooboy on 2/25/2008 9:57:49 PM , Rating: 2
Funny picture...:p

RE: lol
By Fnoob on 2/25/2008 10:10:44 PM , Rating: 2
It's all fun and good until you realise they are chanting "Death to (you)".

RE: lol
By sfi786 on 2/25/2008 10:15:56 PM , Rating: 1
You can hear through a picture?????

I envoy u.

RE: lol
By ziggo on 2/25/2008 10:51:35 PM , Rating: 2
en·voy 1 (nvoi, n-)

1. A representative of a government who is sent on a special diplomatic mission.
2. A minister plenipotentiary assigned to a foreign embassy, ranking next below the ambassador.
3. A messenger; an agent.

en·vy (nv)
n. pl. en·vies
a. A feeling of discontent and resentment aroused by and in conjunction with desire for the possessions or qualities of another.
b. The object of such feeling: Their new pool made them the envy of their neighbors.

RE: lol
By SlyNine on 2/26/2008 5:43:59 AM , Rating: 2
Just got cought by the Diction Police. I say give him the chair.

RE: lol
By nbachman on 2/26/2008 12:24:44 PM , Rating: 2
Just cut off his hands so he cannot do it again.

RE: lol
By robinthakur on 2/26/2008 8:24:01 AM , Rating: 2
Or that hi pitched


RE: lol
By robinthakur on 2/26/2008 8:24:02 AM , Rating: 2
Or that hi pitched


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