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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 tedrodai on 2/26/2008 10:59:52 AM , Rating: 0
1st: MLK preached quite the opposite of 'kill those who believe differently and will not convert'.

2nd: If some wild group of MLK followers have been (and still are) running around blowing people up in the name of MLK, I could definitely understand the leadership from within the respect-MLK-community getting mad at the cartoonists. However, they would be f'ing FURIOUS with the wild bombing MLK followers, because they are the indirect cause of the cartoons.

There is nothing wrong with a push from the community to get rid of offensive cartoons (good luck with that), but there IS something wrong when they forget to push for the removal of the f'ing BOMBERS. There are occasionally words to that affect, but it is equivalent to me standing up to say 'I believe in world peace' then going home to sit on the couch and watch TV. While the community expends no more effort to punish the mass-murderers as they do to punish cartoonists, expect to be criticized.


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