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Updates and Commentary from the Messaging, Malware and Mobile Anti-Abuse Working Group

The 2021 Ponemon Data Breach research report, sponsored by IBM, has been released, and data shows that the cost of breaches and attacks continues to increase.

On Sept. 30, 2021, M3 AAWG and the Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) provided its recommendations to ICANN regarding WHOIS domain name access. M3 AAWG and APWG had conducted surveys in 2018 and 2021 to understand the impact of ICANN implementation of the EU GDPR Temporary for gTLD Registration Data.

As Internet usage has exploded and become an integral part of everyone’s personal and business lives, the opportunities to exploit user data have become ever more attractive. Sophisticated tracking and explosion of third-party ad and other services ensure that very few users can defend themselves against data harvesting and attacks. 

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In this session at M3AAWG’s 53rd general meeting October 2021, Johnathan Azaria describes the usage of machine learning to create better security configuration for DDoS protection

Finding the best security configuration is crucial - If set correctly, it provides maximum security with minimal risk by balancing between the false positives and false negatives. However, because domain experts often need to manually work on each security configuration, this process can't be scaled. 

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Last month at M3AAWG’s 53rd general meeting October 2021, members led a session on risky and potentially abusive industries. 

The Risky Business – Abusive Industries panel explores how and why senders allow certain industry types access to their platform while prohibiting others and how receivers view mail from these industries. Moderated by Matthew Grove (Mailchimp), Benjamin Billon (SPLIO) and John Peters (CM Group) provide a sender’s perspective while Lili Crowley (Yahoo!) presents the receiver’s point of view. 

With more users linking calendars to a variety of applications and other services, spam is becoming more of an issue.
At this month’s M3AAWG’s 53rd general meeting October 2021, members discussed this issue.

M3AAWG welcomes proposals for keynotes, sessions, panels, and training sessions for its 54th General Meeting Feb. 21-24, 2022. We are currently seeking proposals for sessions that can be held virtually or in-person.

In October, M3AAWG hosted its 53rd general meeting, where members convened virtually to address trends, technologies, issues and challenges related to messaging, mobile platforms and cybersecurity.

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It’s hard to imagine a workplace or home now without email. Whether we use it to exchange information, schedule events or stay updated on family, friends and the world at large, email has become a ubiquitous part of our everyday existence. 

The first ever email sent over a network -- the beginning of email as we use it today -- was sent 50 years ago, in October 1971 by MIT graduate Ray Tomlinson.

"#BeCyberSmart” means being aware of how to conduct business – whether professional or personal – safely online, which is exactly what M3AAWG has been working to do. We have joined forces to support the October Cybersecurity Awareness Month.

Most of us now conduct most business online, whether online commerce, healthcare tools, sharing photos, or scheduling. Despite all the benefits of our online communities, they also attract bad actors.

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