YouTube outage blamed on Pakistan
"The BBC News website's technology editor, Darren Waters" believes Pakistan Telecom and a service provider called PCCW "hijacked" the Youtube address to keep viewers from watching un-Muslim material. This resulted in a Youtube interruption which lasted several hours.
"Traffic to YouTube was routed according to erroneous internet protocols, and many users around the world could not access our site," [the BBC] said. Those details were then passed on to the country's internet service providers so that anyone in Pakistan attempting to go to YouTube was instead re-directed to a different address.
PCCW stopped messing around with the routing after being told off by engineers at YouTube.
IP hijacking involves taking over a web site's unique address by corrupting the internet's routing tables, which direct the flow of data around the world. Reports said Pakistan made the move because YouTube content included Danish cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad that have outraged many.
But one report said a trailer for a forthcoming film by Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders, which portrays Islam in a negative light, was behind the ban. ...
A leading net professional told BBC News: "This was probably a simple mistake by an engineer at Pakistan Telecom. There's nothing to suggest this was malicious."