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Old 13 February 2008, 03:44 AM
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Computer Grouply is stealing Yahoo info

Comment: here is what I got:

There are a few new services coming online which are social
"networking" sites similar to My Space and Facebook. One of these new
services is called "Grouply". Grouply is tapping Yahoo lists and
reposting the messages to Grouply members. As soon as ONE list member
joins this service, all of our messages will then be archived by
Grouply. Grouply changes your email address to (yourname)@grouply. com.
for the purpose of your Yahoo list mail only. They will also go into
your Yahoo account and change all of your preferences regarding how
you view your mail, whether you get individual posts or digests, and
whether you can be directly added to any of a million other Yahoo groups.

In order to do this, Grouply requires that you give them your Yahoo ID
and password. I am truly hoping that most of our members are smart
enough not to hand over that information to ANYONE--especially to
another web service! There is no guarantee that this information that
Grouply is aggregating is secure, thus leaving your sign-in info
available to spammers and hackers--including all of our list files and

At this point, there is no way for us to block Grouply's access to our
list (although that is being worked on). Until there is, I will be
checking daily for list members who may have innocently joined
Grouply. I will be unsubbing and banning them, plus making direct
contact with them explaining why we will not allow this in our
membership. They will be welcome to rejoin once they unsub from Grouply.
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