Yesterday in a funny yet serious incident youtube was knocked off-line for over two hours and in a comedy of events the blame goes squarely on our beloved Pakistan Telecommunication Authority and their attempt to censor the offending video of the Dutch (Right-Wing) Politician Geert Wilders. Yesterday we had reported that the offending video has been removed from YouTube but somehow PTCL contributed to a hijack of the IP of YouTube, and published it – via PCCW – leading to whole YouTube collapse
On Pakistan end, YouTube is still blocked.
David Ulevitch of OpenDNS believes that “Pakistan Telecom has decided to (accidentally probably) hijack their IP address space”. By blocking YouTube IP addresses internally led to ISPs blocking the site globally.
The BBC Web site’s technology editor, Darren Waters, says that it’s likely that–to prevent Pakistan’s residents from accessing the site–Pakistan Telecom hijacked YouTube’s IP and passed that information on to the country’s Internet service providers so that queries to YouTube would be redirected. However, the details were apparently leaked by Asian ISP PCCW, leading Internet service providers around the world to mistakenly block YouTube, the BCC reported.
Engineers at YouTube were able to lift the blockade after contacting PCCW, according to the report. “This was probably a simple mistake by an engineer at Pakistan Telecom,” an unidentified “leading net professional” told the BCC. “There’s nothing to suggest this was malicious.”