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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 28th General Meeting, June 4-6, 2013 in Vienna, Austria, 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
March 20, 2013
M3AAWG Announces 2013 Leadership for Fighting Malware and Mobile Abuse
February 20, 2013
Independent Georgia Tech Study Reveals Best Ways to Tell Customers “You’re Botted”
February 04, 2013
M3AAWG Releases Comprehensive DMARC Training Videos to Fight Email Spoofing
- In the first report of the October 29 New Delhi M3AAWG workshop Fighting Spam and Bots, Indian officials citied the enormity of the problems posed by the rapid expansion of the Internet.
- M3AAWG strongly encourages organizations to implement these newly released best practices to address DKIM key vulnerability issues.
- The newly published Best Practices to Address Online and Mobile Threats prepared by M3AAWG and the London Action Plan are now available. To encourage governments to implement the proven strategies, the best practices report 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 presented the report to the OECD on Oct. 15 with Andre Leduc, Industry Canada, Manager, National Anti-spam Coordinating Body.
- The inaugural J.D. Falk Award was presented on October 23, 2012 to FBI Supervisory Special Agent Thomas X. Grasso for his work in creating the DNS Changer Working Group and protecting millions of end-users from losing access to the Web.
- M3AAWG lauds new 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.