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Strange network activity after updates

Today I downloaded a large group of updates, including Open Office and some dns-related utilities. Once they were applied, some strange network activity started on my machine. It keeps sending and receiving about 10-14k per second but I cannot find any programs that would be doing anything on the network. Trying to figure out what is going on, I installed iftop and it says there is a constant connection to and various transient connections to sites like vc-in-f106-1e100.net -- which turns out to be owned by Google -- and other sites like something called activeminds.net. I know the constant connection is a multicast address, but what is this other stuff? It looks like something is broken/misconfigured or an outright hack of the Debian repository has occurred and many Debian systems are now part of a botnet. My Debian box is staying offline until I find out what is going on.

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