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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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March 01, 2018

M3AAWG Compromised User ID Best Practices, Version 1.0.1

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.”

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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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Public Policy Comments

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.

August 04, 2014

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
www.judiciary.senate.gov/download/vixie-qfrs-71514 .

December 01, 2013

M3AAWG Comments on ICANN Misuse Report

Submitted to ICANN in December 2013 in response to ICANN's misuse survey.

August 12, 2013

M3AAWG Comments on ICANN EWG Initial Report

Submitted to ICANN in August 2013 in response to ICANN's Expert Working Group report.

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M3AAWG Reports

DM3Z Blog

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

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News

Articles About M3AAWG

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November 13, 2019

JPAAWG 2nd General Meeting


https://internet.watch.impress.co.jp/docs/interview/1217983.html
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.

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October 09, 2019

Twilio Joins Anti-Abuse Working Group


https://www.technologybusinesstoday.com/news/article/twilio-joins-anti-abuse-working-group
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.

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October 07, 2019

Technology, law, and the world to protect the Internet: Interview with the standards organization JPAAWG


https://www.atmarkit.co.jp/ait/articles/1910/07/news010.html
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.

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October 03, 2019

AI’s Place in Preventing Piracy


https://www.cablefax.com/technology/rough-seas-ais-place-in-preventing-piracy
Cable operators are working to prevent disruptions to their networks caused by the streaming of pirated content and DDoS attacks. The article calls out CableLabs’ work with M3AAWG on the DDoS Information Sharing Project.

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October 02, 2019

Is a DMARC policy really right for everyone?


https://www.valimail.com/blog/dmarc-enforcement-for-everyone/
Valimail makes the case for DMARC enforcement and notes that M3AAWG recommends enforcement as a deliverability best practice.

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