Suspicious Akaimi Dial-outs
Posted 23 April 2012 - 07:12 PM
Anyone know if this a new Akaimi spyware variant?
Posted 23 April 2012 - 07:35 PM
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Posted 24 April 2012 - 12:41 PM
I suspect the activity I am observing is related to Akaimi's new web site protection services and appears Microsoft must be involved somewhere since svchost.exe is doing the "dialing out."
BTW - my platform is WIN 7 x64 SP1.
Posted 24 April 2012 - 12:54 PM
Posted 24 April 2012 - 05:27 PM
My opinion is there is a collection of rogue Akaimi servers hosted by Ripe in the 22.214.171.124 - 126.96.36.199 range. When I have received the previously posted svchost.exe dial-outs, I also was receiving IP connections from the aforementioned IP range in IE9.
BTW - I am located on the eastcoast of the U.S.
Posted 24 April 2012 - 05:45 PM
Have you removed any infections recently, prior to the IP blocks showing up? If so, that would likely account for it as the threat may have set the rogue DNS settings.
Posted 25 April 2012 - 10:49 AM
Only thing recently I installed is W.O.T. Appears that uses IP addresses in the 83.xxx.xxx.xxx range.
Personally I believe this activity is related to something within legit software that uses Akamai servers; Adobe stuff; Microsft stuff; etc.
Posted 25 April 2012 - 05:23 PM
I spoke to soon it appears. Dial-outs to those RIPE Akamai IPs started again today at boot time. So I have disabled WIN 7's dnscache service. I really don't need it anyway since my router has a DNS server. Personally, I have seen enough suspicious activity from WIN 7 dnscache service that it should be disabled. Again I really believe all this garbage is the result of Akamai's new web server secuity services.
Posted 30 April 2012 - 02:36 PM
Also there appears to be a bug in TFC when using Norton AV 2012 - could apply to earlier versions. TFC is reseting Flash storage settings to defaults - that is allow everything to be stored on your PC. I suspect TFC resets Flash's settings to get at it's caches for cleaning and then Norton prevents it from resetting Flash storage settings back to original settings.
This was driving me up the wall when I saw that Flash settings had been reset to default until I realized that it occured everytime I ran TFC.
Posted 01 May 2012 - 04:49 PM
The Akamai Network: Customers
On July 21, 1999, at Macworld Expo New York, Apple and Akamai announced a strategic partnership to build Apple's new media network, QuickTime TV (QTV), based on QuickTime Streaming Server. Both companies later announced that Apple had made a $12.5 million investment in the company the previous month. Apple continues to use Akamai as their primary content delivery network for a wide range of applications including software downloads from Apple's Website, QuickTime movie trailers, and the iTunes Store.
In September 1999, Microsoft and Akamai formed a strategic relationship to incorporate Windows Media technology in Akamai's FreeFlow service, as well as to facilitate the porting of the FreeFlow product to the Windows platform; this relationship exists to this day.
The official U.S. government White House website (WhiteHouse.gov) uses Akamai Technologies for hosting video clips of President Barack Obama's Web addresses on their own in-house servers, after having posted previous addresses as embedded YouTube clips on the site.
My MSE will, at times, give a Minor Red Warning recently when using TFC. Just a Flash in the bottom right corner of the screen, but nothing is ever recorded.
Also there appears to be a bug in TFC when using Norton AV 2012
May be in a certain version of the program - Uninstall and reinstall to try and get a fresh version of the program -
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