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Below are the M3AAWG published materials related to our work on preventing and mitigating malware. There is also a Malware video playlist on our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/maawg and there are a few selected videos on our website in the Training Videos and Keynotes Videos sections under the Meetings menu tab.

Best Practices

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January 31, 2018

M3AAWG Recommendations for Preserving Investments in New Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs)

Over a thousand new generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs) have been, or are in, the process of being created under ICANN’s new gTLD program.  This paper is written for current Registry operators and for companies interested in applying for new gTLDs, and outlines the risks and some relatively simple recommendations that can help correct these problems.

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May 20, 2017

M3AAWG Introduction to Reflective DDoS Attacks

Many thousands of individual Distributed Denial-of-Service attacks take place each day. While many of these are relatively small, they are sufficient to take unprepared sites offline and threaten connectivity over large regions of the internet. It is in everyone’s interest to take all possible precautions to thwart these damaging DDoS attacks. This paper provides an overview of how this very common form of attack works, what measures can be taken to help eliminate it and pointers to some of the many technical documents that can provide more detail. Also see the video Understanding and Preventing Reflective DDoS Attacks with M3AAWG Senior Technical Advisor Dr. Richard Clayton of Cambridge University explaining reflective DDoS attacks and some of the actions the industry can take to protect against them.

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March 15, 2017

M3AAWG Initial Recommendations: Arming Businesses Against DDoS Attacks

Distributed Denial of Service attacks continue to be a major concern. This guide helps businesses prepare for DDoS attacks and, as a side benefit, some of these same techniques can also help businesses that suddenly see a large increase in legitimate customer web traffic.

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August 12, 2016

M3AAWG Best Current Practices For Building and Operating a Spamtrap, Ver. 1.2.0

Updated in August 2016 as Version 1.2.0, this document is for spamtrap operators who generally use data generated from spamtraps for purposes such as research, evidence collection, infected machine mitigation or mail list leakage and list quality control.

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July 14, 2016

Using Generic Top Level Domain Registration Information (WHOIS Data) in Anti-Abuse Operations

WHOIS information plays a key role in determining where to report instances of abuse involving domain names. This paper explains some of the important WHOIS elements used to fight spam, phishing, malware distribution and other threats.

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Public Policy Comments

April 25, 2018

Temporary Access Method for Non-Public Whois Data, and accompanying accreditation policy points

Submitted jointly by the Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG), M3aawg and First, this document describes a short-term method for authorized parties to access non-public WHOIS data via designated IP addresses.

April 13, 2018

WHOIS Tiered Access and Accreditation Program

M3AAWG submitted these short comments to ICANN stating that an expert group from the Anti-Abuse community should be created to facilitate the certification of qualified applicants from the security field.

July 14, 2016

Using Generic Top Level Domain Registration Information (WHOIS Data) in Anti-Abuse Operations

WHOIS information plays a key role in determining where to report instances of abuse involving domain names. This paper explains some of the important WHOIS elements used to fight spam, phishing, malware distribution and other threats.

September 26, 2014

Comments on Implementation of CSRIC III Cybersecurity Best Practices

M3AAWG submitted these comments with the new M3AAWG Bot Metrics Report in response to the U.S, Federal Communications Communications request for comments on the status of the implementation of CSRIC III best practices.

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M3AAWG Reports

M3AAWG Bot Metrics Report

September 01, 2014

Combines data from our first report in 2012 through 2013

M3AAWG Email Metrics Report

September 01, 2014

Combines data from our first report in 2012 through 2013

DM3Z Blog

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

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.

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