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

Over the past year or so, messaging security and encryption has been increasingly in the spotlight.   We now send and receive more data over the Internet than ever before, yet until recently, email messages have been typically transmitted in clear text. This lack of encryption allows any interested party with just a little know-how and some basic equipment to potentially intercept the content therein: they can read personal information, bills, social media notices, birthday invitations, promotional material and even access pictures of loved ones or other sensitive attachments.  

M3AAWG has issued its first report examining the level of bot infections on consumer networks and the percentage of subscribers notified.  This is significant in that it is the first cooperative effort by network service providers to quantify the extent of malicious bots infecting their subscribers.  The M3AAWG Bot Metrics Report also provides data on the implementation of a portion of the Anti-Bot Code of Conduct for ISPs developed at the FCC’s Communications Security Reliability and Interoperability Council (CSRIC) under the leadership of M3AAWG Chairman Emeritus Michael O’Reirdan.

M3AAWG has a long history of featuring diverse keynotes as part of its members-only meetings, with speakers ranging from noted cybersecurity journalist Brian Krebs to General David B. Warner of the U.S. Air Force Space Command (AFSC) to Canadian Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart, among others.

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Anyone seeking to honor a groundbreaking contribution toward a better online world should submit a nomination for the 2014 M3AAWG J. D. Falk Award. Presented to people whose work on specific projects made the Internet a safer, more collaborative, more inclusive place, the J. D. Falk Award has recognized leaders and pioneers who saw elements of the online experience that needed improvement and took action to fix them. The nomination process is simple, open to anyone, and free of charge. To be considered for the October 2014 J. D.

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