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Work in Progress

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. 

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Technical Committtee

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Wireless SIG

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Collaboration Committee

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Senders SIG

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Public Policy Committee

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Open Round Tables


Published Documents and Email Metrics Reports

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.

M3AAWG Public Policy Commentary

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.

Professional Training

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.

M3AAWG Documents in Multiple Languages

To encourage global participation, several M3AAWG documents and news releases have been translated into multiple languages.
Arabic, Chinese, French, German,
Portuguese, Russian, Spanish


MAAWG Updates

  • 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.)

Participation Opportunities
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 34rd General Meeting, June 8-11, 2015 in Dublin, Ireland, 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

MAAWG in the News

June 26, 2014
Canada's CRTC Chairman Jean-Pierre Blais noted the work his agency is doing together with M3AAWG to address voice and telephony abuse in a June 26 speech to the Economic Club of Canada.
October 10, 2013
Award recognizes M3AAWG outreach efforts, including work with China and India
June 04, 2012
M3AAWG Co-Chairman Chris Roosenraad comments on the state of U.S. cybersecurity in an article by Ali Wyne, a researcher at Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.
June 04, 2012
"Botnets today are where spam was in 2004," says M3AAWG Co-Chairman Michael O'Reirdan in this MIT Technology Review article.

M3AAWG Updates

  • Dr. Paul Vixie, author of several IETF DNS standards and Farsight Security CEO, testified at a July 15 U.S. Senate hearing on botnet takedowns at the request of M3AAWG. His testimony begins at1 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 and a second response to additonal questions after the hearing are both available on the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary website under Hearings & Meetings or from our site under Public Policy Comments.  

  • 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. 

The Messaging, Malware and Mobile Anti-Abuse Working Group (M3AAWG) is where the messaging industry comes together to work against spam, botnets, viruses, denial-of-service attacks and other online exploitation.


  • Info for Consumers

    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.