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

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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M3AAWG was formed almost ten years ago over concerns that email, one of the Internet’s two “killer apps” at the time, might collapse due to out-of-control volumes of spam. Fortunately today, even with vastly more spam bombarding the networks, our operator members report they’re now able to stop about 90 percent of abusive messages before they reach users’ inboxes, per our email metrics reporting program.

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Concerned about malware and spam in India, one of the fasting growing online markets in the world?  Do you have connections with Internet companies in the region or are you associated with an Internet company in India? 

Over the past few years, and particularly these past six months, there’s been an uptick in abused systems and abusive clients taking up residence on systems in hosting and data centers. To expedite a community effort in remediating some of these attacks, we have launched a new M3AAWG Hosting SIG with these initial activities:

Since the public launch of the DMARC specification in January 2012 (http://www.dmarc.org), DMARC has become a highly requested topic for discussion and training at M3AAWG meetings.

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The idea of informing network owners’ abuse departments about malicious incidents is not new, but still a very effective and the most inexpensive way of letting people in charge know that there is something wrong in their own network (http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc2142.txt).  Actually, it is one of the best methods to help enforce security on the Internet in a self-regulating way.

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We have a saying in M3AAWG:  What goes on at M3AAWG, stays in M3AAWG.  Anyone who has attended one of our meetings knows that we work hard to create an environment of respect and confidentiality.  We see our organization as a forum where the anti-abuse industry can come together to address both current and evolving issues in a candid, productive dialogue. 

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