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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 robinthakur on 2/26/2008 8:22:35 AM , Rating: 4
Uzair you speak very correctly and knowedgeably, however I don't think even you as an individual could claim to speak for all muslims. Its unfortunate that fundamentalists scream louder than moderates ever do and that the things which Islam is most known for (in the UK at least) are the London bombings, the 9/11 attacks, the Taliban's enslavement of and abuse of women and that Saudi woman who was publicly lashed for being gang-raped. Oh and the Teddy incident, Hateful firebrand preachers, homophobia, the international rampage of violence trouble caused by that cartoon and people walking around with Niqwabs and Burkhas(spelling?)on. This is off the top of my head here...its not a 'snide attack' but a statement of truth.

Until far more positive and moderate views of Islam emerge from hiding, this does far more damage to Islam than anything on Dailytech.

It was chance, pure luck that you were born a Christian or a Hindu or a Muslim or whatever.

Actually all people are born free of the contagion of religious indoctrination. It is only what they absorb through their environment, parents, teachers etc which turns them into Scientologists, Evangelical Christians and Muslims. There is possibly a bigger number still who choose not to subscribe to any of these *beliefs*, and are GREATLY better off because of it because they get on with their lives.

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