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The Messaging, Malware and Mobile Anti-Abuse Working Group (M3AAWG) is driven by market needs and the insight of its global membership. With member companies from Asia, Europe, North America and South America, the organization currently is working on a variety of initiatives addressing ongoing and emerging messaging abuse issues, including bot mitigation, cooperative industry outreach, Web messaging abuse, DNS abuse, wireless messaging, senders issues and other topics.
M3AAWG is the only organization that targets messaging abuse by simultaneously focusing on the varied facets of the international challenge. Our committees are organized around technology, industry collaboration, cooperative public policy efforts and special interest groups. Projects are accomplished within these groups and their associated subcommittees. M3AAWG is a member of the London Action Plan (LAP) and has liaison relationships with the IETF and other organizations, and often joins forces with public policies agencies and other anti-abuse organizations.
Find all the current M3AAWG best practices, white papers, reports and surveys here - from ISP bot mitigation to recommendations for improving volume email deliverability. M3AAWG papers have been developed through a collaborative process among our global membership, often with assistance from our expert M3AAWG Senior Technical Advisors.
The complete archive of our email metrics reports – the M3AAWG Email Metrics Program: The Network Operators’ Perspective – is also available to the public. These reports provide the only snapshot of abusive email traffic compiled from data provided directly from ISPs and email providers.
As Internet policies and legislation continue to evolve globally, M3AAWG actively seeks to provide the critical technical and strategic insights necessary to protect online messaging from spam and abuse. M3AAWG-issued comments and industry guidance are available from the Activites menu and address proposals, RFCs (Requests for Comments), policies and methodologies issued by international Internet governing organizations, legislative bodies, law enforcement and other public policy agencies. M3AAWG is technologically and politically neutral, and our goal is to leverage the expertise of our varied membership to contribute to a safer online experience for all.
M3AAWG now has several online training videos available to the industry at no charge. The programs cover a variety of topics, from helping service providers clean malware from subscribers systems to DMARC implementation. Live training courses scheduled for the next M3AAWG meeting are described in the Upcoming Training page.
- 2010 MAAWG Consumer Survey Key Findings Report indicates consumer don't relate risky email behavior to bots. The survey was expanded this year to cover North America and Western Europe, and the full report includes country specific data and more charts.
- Only M3AAWG members can contribute to committee work or attend M3AAWG meetings. (See “Membership Information” to learn how your company can join.)
With a variety of projects in process, M3AAWG currently is exploring abuse on mobile platforms, bot mitigation practices, authentication and reputation, IPv6 bot and migration issues, volume senders’ concerns and other pertinent topics. A complete list of active M3AAWG projects is available to members by logging into the Members-Only site.
Upcoming M3AAWG General Meeting Highlights
The M3AAWG 31st General Meeting, June 9-12, 2014 in Brussels will offer multi-track sessions on a variety of anti-abuse messaging topics, from wireless spam to public policy. It will also include M3AAWG membership work on technical issues, public policy and government Initiatives, and committee work.
The agenda and registration will be available shortly to members-only (requires login). M3AAWG meetings, are multiple-track events with leading industry experts, researchers and public policy officials that are held three times a year and are generally attended by 300 to 400 members.
Latest News from MAAWG
July 16, 2014
Industry Focuses on Telemarketing and Online Abuse in India at Two M3AAWG-Hosted Meetings; New Mobile Messaging Best Practices to be Released
May 20, 2014
Industry Momentum Builds Against Telephone-Based Exploits as Second M3AAWG Voice and Telephony Anti-Abuse Workshop Announced
Dr. Paul Vixie, author of several IETF DNS standards and Farsight Security CEO, testified at a U.S. Senate hearing on Taking Down Botnets: Public and Private Efforts to Disrupt and Dismantle Cybercriminal Networks on July 15, 2014 at the request of M3AAWG. His testimony begins after the break, around 1 hour and 34 minutes into the official hearing video. Per Dr. Vixie: “Each of these takedowns is also an example of modern multilateralism in which intent, competence, and merit were the guiding lights. The importance of multilateralism cannot be overemphasized.” His extended statement is available on the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary website under Hearings & Meetings or from our site under Public Policy Comments.
M3AAWG received the EastWest Institute 2013 Cybersecurity Award at a Washington, DC luncheon in October 2013 for "its crucial role in protecting the viability of email and other messaging applications"
- To encourage governments to implement proven anti-abuse strategies, the Best Practices to Address Online and Mobile Threats report prepared by M3AAWG and the London Action Plan was presented to the 34-member countries of the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-Development) for review by M3AAWG members Alex Bobotek, John Levine and Neil Schwartzman with Andre Leduc, Industry Canada, Manager, National Anti-spam Coordinating Body.
- M3AAWG lauds voluntary Anti-Bot Code of Conduct for Internet Service Providers (ABCs for ISPs) issued in the FCC CSRIC Working Group 7 March 2012 report. Are you an ISP? Find out how you can be included as participating in the code on the official M3AAWG listing page.
- The M3AAWG epending position paper is now available.
MAAWG members cooperate on developing recommendations to help the industry better protect consumers from spam and messaging abuse. However, MAAWG cannot assist or respond to individual questions or complaints. Please see our Consumer Information page for help finding an appropriate resource to assist you with these problems.