Pakistan Hijacks YouTube IP Addresses
In botched attempt to filter controversial material
by Karl Bode 08:59AM Monday Feb 25 2008 Tipped by fatness
Pakistan's attempts to censor YouTube resulted in the video-sharing website going offline on Sunday, with YouTube owner Google blaming the country for "erroneous internet protocols
" originating from Pakistan. Pakistan's government had ordered the country's ISPs to block their customers' access to supposed offensive material on YouTube. Someone at Pakistan Telecom apparently thought the best way to accomplish this was to hijack YouTube's IP addresses. A network engineer explains
It is exactly like the "game of telephone" that kids play. For example, Pakistan Telecom says "I am responsible for 220.127.116.11 (some IP address)" and then they tell PCCW. PCCW tells Verizon Business and NTT and others. NTT tells us and so when my customers ask "Where is Youtube, we're just answering based on what we've heard..." But all we know is that we heard it from NTT who heard it from PCCW who heard it from Pakistan Telecom. If Pakistan Telecom was lying (or made a mistake), we'd have no way to verify it.
Apparently the country of Pakistan had to be taken offline
while the entire mess was sorted out.
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Freedom of expression does not exist in Islam
Your silly Western notions of total freedom of expression does not work there or the other many locations in the world where Islam is the predominant religion. It is spreading as well. Get used to it. Coming to a neighborhood near you.
No this is not phobic, this is reality.
Wrong BGP advertisement
From the description offered here. It appears that the Pakistan ISP injected the route through BGP to the internet and it did not get filtered by the upstream provider. It looks like that upstream provider doesn't have any good filtering policies whatsoever as it let this go through.
Unfortunately, there is nothing that can be done to really stop this problem as this is an actual limitation of BGP.
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|reply to gaforces |
said by gaforces:Yes, the separation of church and state must be enforced to assure unfettered access to funny cat videos for all.
Another plug for separation of church and state.
|reply to tomkb |
said by tomkb: I say we just leave them offline.
They have declared jihad on themselves.
>>>Apparently the country of Pakistan had to be taken offline while the entire mess was sorted out.
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