Yup this very same issue has started with me too. I updated to latest iTunes a few weeks back - first time I saw message was today. a whois shows that this s.mzstatci.com site is owned by Apple. The sites regestered here with the following contact details.
Cupertino, CA 95014
I'm going to email Mr/Mrs/Miss Eddings for a responce to this discussion thread.
I'll let you know how I get on
If visitors here would spend 10 or 15 min doing some real homework, confusion and misinformation wouldn't clutter the Apple Discussions forum so much. Akamai Technologies is not owned by Apple. It's one of the largest, probably THE largest company world-wide in helping internet-tech related companies, generally large-to-medium size, ease the flow of network processes and content delivery. It's normal, and a good thing to see it listed on a network monitor, often not only with the term "akamai" interted, but "edgesuite" as well.
And the main corporate office is not a neighbor to Apple in Cupertino It's in Cambridge, Mass.
no need to be so cranky. i don't understand it either. viruses/malware are new to me and i've had a difficult time trying to sort it out -- not to mention i don't have a ton of time to devote to it. a long time ago there wasn't as big a fear of these threats so please bear with us while we get it figured out. thank you.