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Pakistan implicated in YouTube blackout

Offensive material leads country to 'hijack' site

Pakistan was responsible for a two-hour blackout on the video-sharing site YouTube last Sunday, reports the site's owner, Google. The country ordered ISPs to block the website because of content deemed offensive to Islam.

According to the BBC, the Pakistan Telecom Authority and ISP PCCW may have 'hijacked' the web server address of the popular video site and passed the details on to the country’s ISPs so that anyone in Pakistan attempting to access the site would have been re-directed to a different address.

"Details of the 'hijack' were leaked to the wider from PCCW and as a result YouTube was mistakenly blocked by internet service providers around the world," he explained.

The block was then lifted once PCCW had been told of the issue by engineers at YouTube. The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) did not specify what the offensive material was, but a PTA official told Associated Press the ban concerned a trailer for an forthcoming film by Dutch politician Geert Wilders. The film portrays Islam as a fascist religion prone to inciting violence against women and homosexuals.

This isn’t the first time YouTube has been blocked around the world. The most recent instance saw China block the site for almost two weeks. Read the full story here.


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