Communication with suspicious random domain name (Preview)

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Hi All


So we are seeing multiple alerts via Azure Security Centre for the following


Communication with suspicious random domain name (Preview)


The alerts show that various assets connected to our domain are querying via our DNS server various nefarious looking domain names such as and


In all of these cases we can see that the asset has connected to various IP addresses that are registered to amazon. We seee multiple hits to amazon and then we see hits to these random domains.


The alert points us to the following


We run virus scans on these machines and no malware or issues are being reported.


This alert is in preview so very little online about the alert itself. 


Does anyone on here know much about this alert? 


How concerned should we be?


These assets themselves are onboarded onto Defender but this activity does not trigger any alert.



5 Replies

@ragnar667 We're seeing these as well; I believe that the requests come from Chrome (or a Chromium-based browser) checking for ISP DNS interception at startup.  (See  You'll probably see www.[random].com plus one request for each search domain.  This is benign, but unfortunately causes near 100% false-positives.

Hey @ragnar667 


FYI, the SOA (start of authority) on the DNS record for points to is a pay-per-click style advertising company and the domain is likely related to their traffic.



We received a Sentinel alert for this URL:
When searching through our proxy logs, the full URL ended up being:


Looking at some of the keywords, Perthnow is a local news website operated by a tabloid newspaper. Taboola is a public advertising company. Therefore, I believe these alerts are less about DNS assistance, and more web based advertising as highlighted by @Tun33elrt

@RichardH01 I think the advertisers are using randomized domain names for the same reason the malware was: to make it harder to block the traffic.

To continue this journey, I concur with @Tun33elrt as I got a similar result, but used a different process.
1. My random site is
2. shows a 307 temporary redirection to
3. I tried the mxToolbox SOA tool, but it doesn't show
4. Entering "" at, I eventually got the mname record

Hope this helps