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Old 05-24-2012, 06:33 AM   #1
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my linux box chit-chatting too much to (Google)

I have noticed over the past while that on my Linux box (Slackware 13.1), there has been traffic flowing from the Linux box to servers at domain
Upon closer examination of the domain using WHOIS, I discovered that actually belongs to GOOGLE (
1.) Servers: (listing is too big to list all the servers here)

2) Connection port:
port: https (443) or www-http (80)

Some Notes:
The linux box has a firewall configured using IPTABLES.
The connections to are outgoing connections.
I use the machine both as a server and as a desktop computer (running KDE).
The machine can be sitting idle, and network connections to the occur! WTF!

(T.I.Q.) The Important Questions
1) What could be causing the traffic to servers from within Slackware 13.1?
2) Could there be a possibility that some software (e.g. Firefox browser) is too chatty and sending information to Google?
3) Could google have imbedded software into Slackware 13.1 that sends information regarding usage of the Slack box back to Google?
4) Is it only Slackware that is affected or are other Linux distributions also very chatty to servers?
5) We all know that google is a military project based on collecting information about you so that it can be used against you!
Could information about my usage of my linux box being collected by google be the reason behind customized ads on webpages and
unsolicited mail in my e-mail and snail mail (p.o. box)?

If I try blocking acccess to the domain, I end up blocking access to common google services such as,, ...etc


--------------------------WHOIS BEGIN-----------------------
tux@slackbox:/$ whois

DNS Admin
Google Inc.
1600 Amphitheatre Parkway
Mountain View CA 94043
US +1.6502530000 Fax: +1.6506188571

Domain Name:

Registrar Name:
Registrar Whois:
Registrar Homepage:

Administrative Contact:
DNS Admin
Google Inc.
1600 Amphitheatre Parkway
Mountain View CA 94043
US +1.6502530000 Fax: +1.6506188571
Technical Contact, Zone Contact:
DNS Admin
Google Inc.
1600 Amphitheatre Parkway
Mountain View CA 94043
US +1.6502530000 Fax: +1.6506188571

Created on..............: 2009-09-24.
Expires on..............: 2019-09-24.
Record last updated on..: 2012-04-20.

Domain servers in listed order:
--------------------------WHOIS END-----------------------

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Old 05-24-2012, 06:45 AM   #2
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Having googled it (oh, the irony) I find that the main reason you would see this is browsers checking "safe site" lists against the google servers. Firefox and, of course, Chrome do this and perhaps others also?
If you run a web server then perhaps there are spiders also?
If you don't trust google then you should probably modify Firefox's (or an other browser's) configuration accordingly.
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The connections to are outgoing connections.
The machine can be sitting idle, and network connections to the occur!
Do you know what process is making these connections? If not, I would suggest you run tcpdump or wireshark with an appropriate filter to capture some of the traffic and see what is happening.

As far as item #5 goes, I doubt that the international community of people who eyeball the Linux Kernel and the various open source applications on a regular basis would allow a "phone home" kit to be embedded into Slackware (or any of the other main distributions for that matter).


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