Query about monitoring unknown Internet traffic

silver.bullet at zoho.com silver.bullet at zoho.com
Sat Oct 17 21:50:32 UTC 2015


Hi Bret,

the kind of addresses involved usually leads to the culprit. You can
monitor Internet traffic and see the addresses using Wireshark.

Assumed you should be a Firefox user, then only open Firefox and
Wireshark.

Then search for "google" in Firefox's about:config and delete all
default google entries.

Monitor Firefox with Wireshark again.

Are you running any update daemons? Are you running phone home
software, e.g. Sylpheed without disabling phone home or Ardour not from
official repositories? Are you using what Richard Stallman calls Ubuntu
Spyware? Even a weather applet gets information from the Internet.

The phone home phenomena isn't just an issue for your iPhone, it's also
reality for many Linux applications and in addition Ubuntu is disputed
regarding what Richard Stallman calls Ubuntu Spyware.

First rule out that you are not carelessly using software such as
Firefox from official repositories, before searching unknown spyware.

Regards,
Ralf




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