[Solved] Akamai Technologies

Hi Nathan, I was wondering if you had come across this company? I found a number of my ports in the 49000’s listening to foreign ip addresses when I ran a command line netstat -a. When I ‘tracert’ them, it came up as this company. I have never heard of it and as far as I am aware have not used anything from them.

Yes they are a content delivery network (CDN). They host content for other people. This is ok if it is assosiated with connection you are making. Common would be you are surfing the web. Instead of getting the content from x you get it from the CDN instead in the background. Look at the HTML of your page souces.

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A content delivery network (CDN) is a system of distributed servers (network) that deliver webpages and other Web content to a user based on the geographic locations of the user, the origin of the webpage and a content delivery server.

This service is effective in speeding the delivery of content of websites with high traffic and websites that have global reach. The closer the CDN server is to the user geographically, the faster the content will be delivered to the user. CDNs also provide protection from large surges in traffic.

Servers nearest to the website visitor respond to the request. The CDN copies the pages of a website to a network of servers that are dispersed at geographically different locations, caching the contents of the page. When a user requests a webpage that is part of a content delivery network, the CDN will redirect the request from the originating site’s server to a server in the CDN that is closest to the user and deliver the cached content. The CDN will also communicate with the originating server to deliver any content that has not been previously cached.

The process of bouncing through a CDN is nearly transparent to the user. The only way a user would know if a CDN has been accessed is if the delivered URL is different than the URL that has been requested.

Content delivery networks are used for B2B interactions and in serving content to consumers. Today, as more aspects of daily life move online, organizations use content delivery network to accelerate static content, dynamic content, mobile content, ecommerce transactions, video, voice, games and so on."