Pakistan takes out YouTube

Pakistan takes out YouTube

Summary: Like I said in a recent post, the Internet is a series of tubes. Sometimes that helps route around malicious legislation and regulators, sometimes it causes big problems.

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Like I said in a recent post, the Internet is a series of tubes. Sometimes that helps route around malicious legislation and regulators, sometimes it causes big problems. Like today at 2 PM eastern when someone in Pakistan announced a more specific BGP route announcement for the block of IP addresses that YouTube uses. Routers default to the more specific route announcement. Now all YouTube traffic is being routed to Pakistan.

Our trusting routers are the BIGGEST security hole. Malicious attackers can easily disrupt the entire Internet by betraying that trust. Thanks to Barrett Lyon at Bitgravity for tracking this.

Update:  Stiennon's blog has moved to here

Topics: Browser, Networking, Security, Social Enterprise

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  • The offensive video to Pakistan

    I think that it might have been my video Tommy Bin Laden that caused the ruckus. I completed it this Saturday and posted it right away. It's supposed to be a parody of Osama, but in the tags I also put Pakistan as one of the lookups. The timing of my post and their ban seems awfully coincidental. This is the video (still up as of now) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ka0S1bBWEHc
    mruglyhands@...