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.
Updated in March 2018, this document addresses problems associated with compromised user accounts. It discusses mitigation techniques and methods of identifying compromised accounts, including recommendations to ensure the long-term security of accounts to prevent “re-compromise.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
Public Policy Comments
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.
Comments on The Competition, Consumer Trust and Consumer Choice Review Team–New Sections Draft Report of Recommendations
M3AAWG provided input on the new sections added to the draft ICANN report. The comments can also be found on the ICANN site at http://mm.icann.org/pipermail/comments-cct-recs-27nov17/attachments/20180107/9b99c6d2/M3AAWG-ICANN-CCT-NewSections-2018-01-0001.pdf
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.
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.
Additional Responses from Dr. Paul Vixie to the U.S. Senate Hearing on "Taking Down Botnets: Public and Private Efforts to Disrupt and Dismantle Cybercriminal Networks"
Dr. Vixie's August 4th written response to additional questions requested after the hearing on botnet takedowns is also available from the official U.S. Committee on the Judiciary Committee hearing website at
Updates and Commentary from the Messaging, Malware and Mobile Anti-Abuse Working Group
None at this time.
Articles About M3AAWG
Seth Blank, co-chair of M3AAWG’s Election Security Special Interest Group, comments on threats to election integrity for cities and states.
Seth Blank, co-chair of M3AAWG’s Election Security Special Interest Group, comments on threats to elections, including SIM jacking, domain spoofing and email hacking.
The Japan Anti-Abuse Working Group (JPAAWG) cooperates with M3AAWG to examine and implement measures against a wide range of email and messaging attacks, such as spam, malware and DDoS.
Twilio announced that it joined M3AAWG, the premier industry group dedicated to combating bots, malware, spam, viruses, denial-of-service attacks and other online exploitation.
Technology, law, and the world to protect the Internet: Interview with the standards organization JPAAWG
Japan Anti-Abuse Working Group (JPAAWG) launched in May 2019 and works with M3AAWG to focus on Internet security in Japan. ITmedia spoke with Mr. Shuji Sakuraba and Mr. Nobuhiro Suemasa of JPAAWG about the group’s work, including collaboration with M3AAWG.