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I use Little Snitch on Mac OS X 10.6.8 and noticed a connection that seemed suspicious to me.

The snitch reported ntpd trying to connect to: "$host domain name pointer"

Why would NTPD try to connect to this host instead of Is this something to be concerned about or is this an expected event?

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migrated from Jun 26 '12 at 1:56

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NTPd can be configured to get time from any host. Notably many use

That IP is running a ntp server with accurate time; and a http server, the page is mostly invalid HTML with Google Ads. It doesn't look terribly nefarious, so I'd guess that something else is going on here. Check your configuration and see if it's set to use that IP (or a hostname other than

Checked, and ( is a member. Your computer must be set to use the pool. You should update your configuration to use pool members from the US (use for example).

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