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

This February, M3AAWG awarded Cristine Hoepers, Ph.D., the general manager of CERT.br, the Brazilian national Computer Emergency Response Team, with the annual Mary Litynski Award. Now in its tenth year, this award honors the memory of Mary and the work she did to shape M3AAWG into the leading organization that it is today, one that is dedicated to fighting online abuse such as malware, DDoS attacks, election security attacks, and more.

We're in the middle of a crazy time in history, and if you’re feeling stressed, that's totally understandable. Our hearts go out to those who have been impacted by the virus and we urge you to hang tough. We're going to get through this, and so will you.

We also want to explicitly recognize that even if you're in a part of the country where COVID-19-related impacts have been limited to-date, you're still probably navigating some big changes in your life.

The United States is facing an unprecedented election season. Instead of in-person rallies and speaking slots, campaigns are now entirely online, relying primarily on digital engagement with voters. Never in history have candidates had so many ways of reaching voters directly or indirectly, the most popular—and effective—is text messaging to mobile devices. However, poor execution and disregard for established guidelines could undermine the potency of this channel. In a time when digital isn’t a nice to have but the only connection to the voting populace, getting it wrong will certainly spell disaster.

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Q&A with Janet Jones, M3AAWG Vice Chair Board of Directors / Senior Security Program Manager – Customer Security & Trust Engineering at Microsoft

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Local Number Portability (LNP) is available in many countries and regions. This service, popularized by consumer mobile phone use and commonly known as number porting, enables users to retain their telephone number when switching from their existing communications service provider (or carrier) to a new service provider. In many cases, LNP support is legally mandated, and the mandates may include strict process requirements and timeframes for action by the existing service provider.

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Wow.

48 meetings and more than 15 years have gone by so fast. It’s fitting my last meeting is in San Francisco, the true home of M3AAWG. I’m grateful for the opportunity to have served as your Executive Director, and it has been a privilege to help create and grow such a valuable organization. I am also grateful for the experience of getting to know and becoming friends with so many wonderful people.

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The Post Quantum Transition

By Janet Jones, M3AAWG Vice Chair Board of Directors / Data & Identity Protection Co-Chair (Microsoft)

Let’s take a closer look at what the Post-Quantum Transition looks like, why it is important to the industry and for the M3AAWG community, and how we can start to prepare for it.  

Elections Special Interest Group 

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In November, M3AAWG members traveled to Japan for the second annual JP-AAWG meeting, joining over 400 attendees from around the world for two days of discussion around the trends, evolving issues and best practices in the cybersecurity and anti-abuse arena. The event highlights the significance and increasingly global nature of online abuse and vulnerabilities, and more importantly the need to collaborate with international partners - both public and private - that are aligned in combating and preventing these threats.

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Addressing Elections Anti-Abuse Issues 

By Janet Jones, M3AAWG Vice Chair Board of Directors / Data & Identity Protection Co-Chair (Microsoft)

M3AAWG announced the creation of a new special interest group in Montreal to fight elections abuse. The Elections SIG hosted a panel discussion and working session to understand how to shape future work and collaboration. State government and industry expert panelists came together to discuss past, present, and future risks with the electoral process and how we can work together to secure the way we choose our future leaders. The following is a detailed view of the problems the Elections SIG will be working to address for these new emerging threats.

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