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

October 21, 2021, is the first Global Encryption Day, established by the Global Encryption Coalition, a group of over 200 organizations founded in 2020 to promote and defend encryption.

The Messaging, Malware and Mobile Anti-Abuse Working Group (M3AAWG), https://www.m3aawg.org/, would like to take the occasion of Global Encryption Day:

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“Do Your Part. Be Cyber Smart” is good advice, and this month, M3AAWG joins forces as part of Cybersecurity Awareness Month.  This complements the org’s mission to work against botnets, malware, spam, viruses, DoS attacks and other online exploitations.

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As a founding member of M3AAWG, J.D. Falk embodied the mission of the group in his quest to make messaging and the internet a better place. In his memory, the group offers the J.D. Falk Award annually. We think J.D. would have been pleased to learn of the 2021 recipients: Coalition Against StalkWare, represented by Eva Galperin of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Tara Hairston, executive director of the Coalition Against Stalkerware.

As part of its ongoing mission to work against botnets, malware, spam, viruses, DDoS attacks and other online exploitations, M3AAWG has joined other industry supporters for October Cybersecurity Awareness Month as a 2021 Champion. This year’s theme, “Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart”, will guide efforts to make users aware of potential vulnerabilities and how to protect against them.

The lab describes itself as “an interdisciplinary laboratory…focusing on research and development at the intersection of information and communication technologies, human rights, and global security.” Of course, this mission aligns closely with that of M3AAWG.

The Messaging, Malware and Mobile Anti-Abuse Working Group (M3AAWG) will host its 53rd general meeting October 11-14 virtually. Members from internet service and email providers, networking and communications companies, security vendors and social networking companies will exchange updates, ideas and efforts to improve cybersecurity, reduce online abuse and protect user data and privacy online.

In the eighth episode of M3AAWG 5, we continued the discussion on mitigating online abuse and what we have learned along the way!

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Today M3AAWG published an updated version of “M3AAWG Disposition of Child Sexual Abuse Materials Best Common Practices”.

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Author: Alex Brotman, Co-chair, Data & Identity Protection

Welcome to M3AAWG 5, our video series where we interview leaders and experts on prominent issues and emerging threats across our industry.

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Please join us on July 27th for our first live Engagement Series event. Open Source Applications for the Anti-Abuse Ecosystem is our newest M3AAWG initiative started last month after the Open Round Table discussions held during the 52nd general meeting. The facilitated live discussion will touch on Open Source Application characteristics, challenges, and types of messaging and abuse related applications (MTA/SMTP/abuse/authentication) as a starting point. 

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