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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 rcc on 2/26/2008 1:39:13 PM , Rating: 2
It was chance, pure luck that you were born a Christian or a Hindu or a Muslim or whatever

Perhaps this is a fundamental misunderstanding, but here in the US, and in most of the "Western" countries that I've been to, you aren't born to a religion; you are trained to it. Usually by your parents, family and society. But after a certain age, it's a choice. My mother was Presbyterian, my Father was Mormon, I'm an individual that believes my relationship with God is between him and me and is no one else's business. But I respect their beliefs, and yours, and am not going to waste your time and mine trying to shove my beliefs down your (or anyone's) throat.

Thats probably just a windy way of saying most of us really don't care what religion a person is, as long as they aren't trying to blow us up, or preach to us.

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