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

Email deliverability is a top priority for any company using email to connect to their customers. This importance becomes even more pronounced when the emails being sent pertain to the security and safety of customers. Mandated emails – often regarding product recalls, security breaches, or significant organizational policy changes – present unique deliverability challenges to any company sending email at scale.

Welcome to the first episode of M3AAWG 5, a new video series where we connect with M3AAWG members and experts on core issues and topics in the anti-abuse industry.


At each of our annual February General Meetings, M3AAWG honors Mary Litynski, whose relentless work ethic solidified the early success of General Meetings and guided our organization to help create a safer online ecosystem for all. Our 11th Mary Litynski Award will recognize a member of our community who exhibits Litynski’s spirit by facilitating industry collaboration and whose lifetime achievements have been instrumental in driving anti-abuse initiatives forward


Received email may not be handled only by a human. In fact, these days an email may be partially or even fully handled by a software program and that can influence marketing and sales email campaign metrics in a massive way.

Author: Amy Cadagin, M3AAWG Executive Director

In October, M3AAWG brought together anti-abuse professionals from across disciplines to discuss the latest online threats and work collaboratively to develop best practices for identifying and preventing emerging forms of messaging abuse. The meeting marked a milestone for the organization, which in its sixteen year history has gathered cybersecurity professionals at 50 meetings to tackle the industry’s most pressing security challenges across a wide variety of topics, including 5G, stalkerware, artificial intelligence, robodiallers, abuse operations & GDPR, and much more.

Author: Severin Walker, M3AAWG Chairman

The digitization of voting machines, the general reliance on digital communications, and the global health crisis have introduced new threats complicating the election landscape. But democracy depends on free and fair elections, so election security in today’s context has become an all-hands effort and everyone involved must now be equally engaged in cybersecurity. 


To commemorate M3AAWG’s 50th General Meeting in October, we recently catalogued our evolution since our founding 16 years ago. We’ve come a long way and we’re excited to continue growing alongside our members and partners. As we continue to reflect, we’d be remiss if we did not highlight the extraordinary contributions of the leaders – past and present – that have paved the way for all M3AAWG members to be a catalyst for change within the online ecosystem. Without their continuous dedication, M3AAWG surely would not be the organization it is today.

As we’re approaching M3AAWG’s milestone 50th General Meeting on October 12-15, we’ve invited members – both veterans and newcomers – to celebrate the journey of M3AAWG from its humble beginnings to becoming the largest anti-abuse consortium in the world. To capture all the characteristics and memories that make M3AAWG special, we’ve asked M3AAWG founding members, former and current chairpeople, and officers to share their perspectives. In this post, we’ll share highlights of our founding story from those who helped build the organization, including the organization's conception, growth, and where we are today.

As schools ramp up virtual teaching and companies continue working remotely, maintaining our digital connections and keeping websites up and running is more crucial than ever before. But we’re seeing a sharp increase in Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks in 2020: there were almost double the amount of attacks in the first quarter of 2020 compared to Q4 2019. This is part of a continuous upward trajectory over 30 years.

In our upcoming Member Engagement webinar series, Stephen Farrell, M3AAWG Senior Technical Advisor, will host a session detailing the state of COVID-19 contact-tracing applications and discuss their security, privacy and efficiency implications. The session will take place on Tuesday, September 15th at 8am PT / 11am ET. Professionals from M3AAWG member companies are welcome to join the session. To register, please visit the M3AAWG Engagement Series site.


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