NT AUTHORITY\Authenticated Users

Who exactly is NT AUTHORITY\Authenticated Users? I am trying to risk assess who can access a certain folder and this group appears, but I cant find it in AD, who is in it? Why would you need to add that group to a particular folder ACL? Will removing it break anything?
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pma111Asked:
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Emmanuel AdebayoConnect With a Mentor Global Windows Infrastructure Engineer - ConsultantCommented:
Yes, you are right.

You allow this account permission to your folder only when you are convinced that you are willing to grant whatever permission was set to all who can successfully log on to the domain network because the permission will allow access to this account for everyone in the domain. If you find that you don't want to grant premission to everyone for that folder, i suggest  you remove it.

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Emmanuel AdebayoGlobal Windows Infrastructure Engineer - ConsultantCommented:
Authenticated Users includes all users whose identities were authenticated when they logged on.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/243330

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pma111Author Commented:
Sorry I dont really understand that - does it mean every user in the domain?
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Emmanuel AdebayoGlobal Windows Infrastructure Engineer - ConsultantCommented:
Yes these are the users that are autehnticated by your Active directory.
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pma111Author Commented:
So in a nutshell if one of your folders grants read access to NT AUTHORITY\Authenticated Users - then every user in the network can access it?
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