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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 qwertyz on 2/25/2008 10:22:50 PM , Rating: -1
I was receiving a letter on my e-mail from Stage 6 in which it says that www.Stage6.com will cease to function on February 28, 2008 after 2 days from now on. Those familiar with the site will know how a big dissapointment is this since this was the place with real high quality video content, music videoclips etc. For those who know or don't know the site go to www.Stage6.com and download as much content as u can since in 2 days it's all gone, just search for any kind of music videoclips u like or other content u may find.

I bet this shutdown of the site it's based on the frequent requests from RIAA MPAA which have threatened them with lawsuits in case they don't close the site down.

From: DivX_Stage6@divx-newsletters.com

quote:
I'm Tom (aka Spinner), a Stage6 user and an employee of DivX, Inc., the company behind the service. I'm writing this message today to inform you that we plan to shut down Stage6 on February 28, 2008. Upload functionality has already been turned off, and you'll be able to view and download videos until Thursday.


Or check the site and you'll find the same message.

It's seems that the RIAA MPAA is fucking all the world wide web, let's just fuck them back in our own ways.


"So, I think the same thing of the music industry. They can't say that they're losing money, you know what I'm saying. They just probably don't have the same surplus that they had." -- Wu-Tang Clan founder RZA











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