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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 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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