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.
Outlining practices used during trial evaluations of messaging anti-abuse products or services, this document provides recommendations on processes and techniques to accurately determine a particular solution’s effectiveness. The March 2019 version includes recommendations affected by newer technology, such as cloud services, and other updates.
Phishing continues to be a significant problem for hosting companies, mailbox providers, brand owners and, of course, for every internet user. This document iinforms all of these groups on the best current practices for reporting phishing URLs.
This document focuses on defining malicious domain names and provides a non-exhaustive list of possible actions that can be taken to address them.
M3AAWG Recommendations: Methods for Sharing Dynamic IP Address Space Information with Others-Updated May 2018 (2008)
Although M3AAWG recommends blocking outbound port 25 traffic as the best option for controlling the flow of unwanted email traffic from an ISP’s customer space, such blocks may not always be possible, either for the short or long term. This document offers some alternatives for these ISPs by describing methods they can use to share their dynamic space information with others and allow remote sites to reject inbound mail traffic from dynamic address space.
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.”
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.