Please excuse the cross-post. This may explain a few things that have been happening lately, including maybe Yahoo's redesign. This is printed by request from another list I'm on. I recently had a conversation with a friend of mine who happens to be a very good hacker. We were discussing the recent rash of groups being closed on yahoo after the group owner's id were hacked and I got some very interesting information I wish to pass on. The hackers who delight in hijacking yahoo ids and passwords, rely mainly on an event that yahoo uses regularly to convince you to give up your user id and password. They utilize a fake yahoo signing page to get your information. We all on occasion, check out the profiles of various people we come across while in either chat, pm or groups. Many of us automatically reject profiles that are blank or have obvious links to spam or porn. However, we will click on links found in interesting profiles in order to find out more about the person. So we click on one of the links on the profile and we are now faced with a Yahoo Sign-in page. We automatically assume that it's just yahoo and we go ahead and enter our user name and password and we click Sign- in...sending our user id and password to a pisher. The following profile link has a link that will take you to a phishing page. The links is the second url listed. http://profiles.yahoo.com/tanya_worships_black_rulers (yahoo profile) http://www.geocities.com/tanya_worships_black_rulers/ (fake yahoo Sign in page) Notice that this is a geocities .com page and not a Yahoo page. Only a link to a yahoo page, will bring up a Yahoo Sign in page which is now very different in format.. Everytime you click on a link to a page outside yahoo and you get a Yahoo sign in page, check the adress bar to see what is written there. This is why many Group Owners as well as the ordinary yahoo users are having their yahoo accounts closed. Yahoo will not admit the problem, but simply state that there was a TOS violation that caused the deactivation of the account. They are correct, however, its not the owner of the account who violated the TOS..it's the hackers who have violated the TOS. Please forward this information everyone you know with a yahoo account.