Today I found that google chrome was making lots of background connections to I was a little worried at first but this seems to be a google owned domain and these connections are used for their anti-phishing/malware feature.

But even after disabling the feature I still noticed lots of connections open to

ian@macbook-ian:~$ lsof -i4 | grep chrome
chrome  5294  ian   70u  IPv4  82734      0t0  TCP macbook-ian.local:54753-> (ESTABLISHED)
chrome  5294  ian   81u  IPv4  82735      0t0  TCP macbook-ian.local:54754-> (ESTABLISHED)
chrome  5294  ian   82u  IPv4  82736      0t0  TCP macbook-ian.local:54755-> (ESTABLISHED)
chrome  5294  ian   89u  IPv4  83365      0t0  TCP macbook-ian.local:56139-> (ESTABLISHED)
chrome  5294  ian   94u  IPv4  83413      0t0  TCP macbook-ian.local:46004-> (ESTABLISHED)

Google seems to be doing a lot of user tracking via google chrome.

As for, it seems to be a domain used by google as a gateway to their server infrastructure. Simply pinging reveals that it's aliased to a subdomain:

ian@macbook-ian:~$ ping
PING ( 56(84) bytes of data.
64 bytes from ( icmp_seq=1 ttl=51 time=10.2 ms