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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: Clarifications about Islam
By sld on 2/26/2008 6:01:48 AM , Rating: 3
There are a few corrections I will like to draw your kind attention to:

1) In your post, you mentioned Christian Europe. In this year of 2008, there is no longer 'Christian USA'. Most of USA worship consumerism, Darwin, the Flying Spaghetti Monster, or superior aliens in space which haven't made contact with them yet.

2) Most of the posters here making snide remarks against Islam are NOT Christians. They are atheists and proud of it, just as you are proud of being a Muslim.

In a big way, you are preaching to the choir. If anything religious pops up here, the same crowd will be ready to piss on it.

Just ignore those comments, surely there are more sensible things to read on a good tech site like Dailytech.

RE: Clarifications about Islam
By tedrodai on 2/26/2008 11:33:36 AM , Rating: 2
He made no mention that it was Christian posters that were bashing Islam--the only semi-negative remark regarding Christians was "it was always Christian Europe which had a problem with them". And let's face it: Christian Europe has in the past been in states of corruption at LEAST as bad, if not worse, as many of the Muslim-governments in the middle east today. Therein, he was speaking historically rather than trying to stir up anything about the argument being 'Christain vs. Muslim'. You're reading into the post a bit too much.

It is good to know that the Christian crowd (I assume that's who you're speaking for) is above making such insensible comments. --Except for one or two rats that slipped through the cracks.

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