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Wed Nov 28, 2012, 01:25 PM

NYU students find out they have email access to all 40K students by hitting "reply all"

His accidental email and hasty apology triggered a rare, University-wide revelation: We simultaneously realized that any message, complaint, whim, link, video, or GIF could be sent to nearly 40,000 people in an instant.

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“I want all of us to be happy forever,” one student wrote.

Suddenly granted an audience, another student voiced the immortal query, “Would you rather fight 100 duck sized horses, or 1 horse sized duck?”

And third student, “Pretty cool that this emails the entire student body. Because I’m graduating next month, I thought I’d use this opportunity to Say thanks for the memories, and good luck with everything!”

I am half-asleep when my phone buzzes. It’s my NYU email account, hours later and still alive with reply-alls. It reads: “All of you. Be quiet. Now.”

“I’ll stop if he stops,” the thread answers itself moments after. I feel as though I’m twelve again, at some massive sleepover, waiting for the last whisperers to end their conversations and close their eyes.

Good night, 39,979 students. Good night, NYU. Good night, Max Wiseltier. It was nice meeting you.

UPDATE: We’ve received a comment from David Vogelsang of the NYU Student Resource Center, who says he is behind the listserv mix-up. The accounts on the list have now been deleted. “And yes, you are absolutely correct that I should have used Email Direct instead of Lyris,” Vogelsang wrote. This does, it seems, mark the end of Replyallcalypse:


Read more: Replyallcalypse 2012: NYU Local Explains Why Your Inbox Was Blowing Up Last Night · NYU Local http://nyulocal.com/on-campus/2012/11/27/replyallcalypse-2012-nyu-local-explains-why-your-inbox-was-blowing-up-last-night/#ixzz2DXj2KBlp

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Reply NYU students find out they have email access to all 40K students by hitting "reply all" (Original post)
Liberal_in_LA Nov 2012 OP
NYC_SKP Nov 2012 #1
geckosfeet Nov 2012 #3
woo me with science Nov 2012 #2
Agschmid Nov 2012 #4

Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 01:35 PM

1. My only surprise is that it took them this long to figure it out... ...wtf?...

cool story, tho.

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Response to NYC_SKP (Reply #1)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 01:41 PM

3. My guess is recent update by school IT added this,,,, feature.

I am sure it would have been discovered sooner.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 01:37 PM

2. There is a political lesson/opportunity in this story.



Senate bill rewrite lets feds read your e-mail without warrants
http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1002&pid=1862050

Every single American should forward every single chatty personal or junk email we ever send or receive, to every single Congress and White House email box. If they insist on having access to our communication, let's send it to them DIRECTLY.

Flood the damned boxes with our discussions about Aunt Gertrude's hemorrhoids and that the puppy peed on the rug again. Forward to each of them every single spam email or solicitation we ever get.

At least until they start taking the Constitution and our privacy protections seriously again.

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Wed Nov 28, 2012, 01:44 PM

4. I did this at work yesterday... you'd think I would have watched out for that.

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