Xbox Live, Playstation Network and GameRanger Blocked in Pakistan – Accidentally

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Feb 9, 2014

[Report] It has just come light from multiple sources that Xbox Live, Playstation Network and Game Ranger have been blocked completely all over Pakistan. As you can see this constitutes all three gaming platforms whose online multiplayer capacities have been blocked. GameRanger being one of the largest PC Multiplayer gaming providers after Garena and Steam in Pakistan.

Playstation Network, Xbox Live and GameRanger Blocked in Pakistan Due to A Mistake.

At the time of writing, said services are still blocked. The ban was noticed first sometime yesterday when the Xbox Live gamers failed to connect. After that, Sony Playstation Network users failed to connect as well not to mention GameRanger players who are now getting an assorted series of Firewall errors. It has been well over 24 hours now that services as large as the Xbox Live and Play Station Network have been blocked completely in Pakistan and so far nothing has changed.

The heart of the problem arose from an automated security censor system installed at the Pakistan Internet Exchange. The system uses a series of Deep Packet Inspection techniques to counter security-circumvention tools such as VPNs. Problem is that while it can effortlessly tell the White traffic (legal) from the Black (illegal) , it makes an absolute mess with Grey Traffic. Just a few days ago, Disqus and tech sites like the Verge and Gizmodo had been accidentally blocked.

Already gamers all over the country have taken to social networks and twitter to make their voice heard. While it appears almost certain that the block will be lifted eventually, it is still an alarming state of affairs. Going without gaming for a couple of days might not be something the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority would care about but I am sure the gamers would have an utterly opposite opinion. Not to mention that the system itself is very alarming. If it can block services as huge as the Playstation Network and Xbox Live without any consequence, what is there to stop it from permanently blocking small services that cannot make their voices heard.