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Resource Monitor: Was google chrome manipulated by someone i

Dec 8, 2016 3:44PM PST



Due to a lot of strange behavior, coupled with his extensive programming background, my mother has had a suspicion for a long time that my brother-in-law, who lived with us up until 3 months ago, was leveraging some kind of digital surveillance on us (Could’ve also been that actual Raspberry Pi surveillance camera he installed in our basement and only mentioned it months later).

In an effort to pick apart fantasy from reality, however, I’m taking a closer look at some of these snapshots of the Resource Monitor of my mom’s desktop taken back in Sept. and one thing is raising more concerns than others. It is important to note that he was the only one in the house who used Chromecast/had it installed on his computers.

If I am understanding the TCP connections correctly, these photos are telling me that chrome.exe on my mom’s computer was connecting repeatedly and consistently to the “remote” address of 192.168.1.19 – the address of his Chromecast. Again the only chrome app on that computer is the Google Chrome Browser, and it does not have Chromecast installed. All homesharing turned off.

This was several months ago and he has since moved out so it’s not like I can use Wireshark or something to see what is actually being sent over the ports in question, but to me this looks oddly in line with her suspicion that he was streaming her screen. I want to be wrong. Can someone confirm/deny/explain?

In the attached photos, 192.168.1.19 was the local ip of his Chromecast on the day these photos were taken (confirmed by looking at our router settings) and I assume the static address Chromecast.home is his as well. “DESKTOP-Q0J3EVE” is the networked name of my mother’s desktop, with the ip 192.168.1.12, from which the Resource Monitor was being run.

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Looks fine to me.
Dec 8, 2016 4:00PM PST
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re: Looks fine to me.
Dec 8, 2016 5:37PM PST

Hello, thanks for your response -- apologies for the small photos; I was able to right click + open image in new tab to see them enlarged with details; I hope you were too?
If you were able to see the details, what I'm looking for is more information on what chrome.exe from my mom's computer connecting directly to his chromecast actually means.
Thanks,
Tanya

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That's how a chromecast should work.
Dec 8, 2016 5:42PM PST

Since nothing seems wrong I didn't work hard at this one.

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Dec 13, 2016 10:04AM PST

I really need more information here. I'm not here for a "that's how this should work" or "looks good to me" answer. Why should a google chrome browser be connecting to a chromecast that it is NOT casting to? Is anyone capable of answering this question?

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If anyone.
Dec 13, 2016 11:13AM PST

I think you'll have to get on Google Product forums to have them explain why. I only know it does this and saw it too many times. Since it looked normal and I'm not in on the product design I can't answer "Why?"

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