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Below are the M3AAWG published materials related to our messaging anti-abuse work. There is also a Messaging 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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November 09, 2020

Exploring the Impact of Nonhuman Interactions on Email Send Metrics

Received email may not be handled only by a human. It may be partially or even fully handled by a software program. The purpose of this document is to offer guidance to marketing and sales staff about the way that nonhuman interactions (NHI, also known as “automated clicks”) affect the performance metrics of their email messages and reporting systems. This document is not intended to solve issues, but rather to provide insights into the effects of NHI and offer some best practices for senders.

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September 01, 2020

M3AAWG Email Authentication Recommended Best Practices

This document recommends a set of best practices for authenticating email messages using the security protocols Sender Policy Framework (SPF), Domain Keys Identified Mail (DKIM), Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting & Conformance) DMARC and Authenticated Received Chain (ARC). (Another security protocol, SMTP authentication, meaning the presentation of credentials during the submission of a message by a Mail User Agent (MUA) or Mail Submission Agent (MSA) to a Mail Transfer Agent (MTA) serves a different purpose and is outside the scope of this document.)

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March 23, 2020

M3AAWG Comments on the Initial Report of the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data Phase 2 Expedited Policy Development Process

M3AAWG, the Messaging, Malware and Mobile Anti-Abuse Working Group, appreciates this opportunity to comment on the Initial Report of the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data Phase 2 Expedited Policy Development Process (https://gnso.icann.org/en/issues/epdp-phase-2-initial-07feb20-en.pdf). 

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March 20, 2020

M3AAWG Response for ICANN Security Stability and Resiliency Review Team (Two)

The Messaging, Malware, and Mobile Anti Abuse Working Group (M3AAWG) welcomes the opportunity to review the draft report from ICANN’s Security Stability and Resiliency Review Team (Two).

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October 10, 2019

M3AAWG Sending Domains Best Common Practices

When preparing for bulk or transactional email sending, two items require special attention: outbound IP addresses, and the domain names to be used for these communications. For the latter, ESPs (Email Service Providers) go through this set-up process frequently and have to review the same readiness checklist each time. This process may involve individual client preferences and constraints, both legal and technical.

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Public Policy Comments

March 23, 2020

M3AAWG Comments on the Initial Report of the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data Phase 2 Expedited Policy Development Process

M3AAWG, the Messaging, Malware and Mobile Anti-Abuse Working Group, appreciates this opportunity to comment on the Initial Report of the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data Phase 2 Expedited Policy Development Process (https://gnso.icann.org/en/issues/epdp-phase-2-initial-07feb20-en.pdf). 

March 20, 2020

M3AAWG Response for ICANN Security Stability and Resiliency Review Team (Two)

The Messaging, Malware, and Mobile Anti Abuse Working Group (M3AAWG) welcomes the opportunity to review the draft report from ICANN’s Security Stability and Resiliency Review Team (Two).

April 05, 2019

Comments Pertaining to the Domain Abuse Activity Reporting (DAAR) System

M3AAWG submitted comments to ICANN on April 5, 2019 asking that additional actionable information be included in the DAAR system.  The comments are listed on the ICANN correspondence website at https://www.icann.org/resources/pages/correspondence.

October 18, 2018

ICANN GDPR and WHOIS Users Survey

A joint survey conducted by the Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) and M3AAWG looks at how cyber investigators use WHOIS data and how the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has affected their anti-abuse efforts. The letter from M3AAWG and survey are also available on the ICANN site at https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/upton-to-marby-et-a...

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.

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M3AAWG Reports

M3AAWG Email Metrics Report

December 30, 2008

Third and Fourth Quarter 2008

June 30, 2008

Second Quarter 2008

March 31, 2008

First Quarter 2008

December 31, 2007

Third and Fourth Quarters 2007

June 30, 2007

Second Quarter 2007

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DM3Z Blog

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

None at this time.

News

Articles About M3AAWG

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February 20, 2020

Messaging, Malware and Mobile Anti-Abuse Working Group (M3AAWG) Celebrates Jerry Upton's 15 Years as Executive Director at the 48th General Meeting

The Messaging, Malware and Mobile Anti-Abuse Working Group (M3AAWG), the largest global industry consortium developing collaborative approaches to combat online abuse, today announced that Jerry Upton will retire from his role as M3AAWG's Executive Director after 15 years of service. He will be succeeded by Amy Cadagin.

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January 07, 2020

How to stop email spoofing of parked domains


https://www.csoonline.com/article/3512239/how-to-stop-email-spoofing-of-parked-domains.html
J.M. Porup includes M3AAWG recommendations on protecting parked domains in an article on the importance of publishing a DMARC record for every domain a business owns.

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December 11, 2019

Steven Harroun to the panel on “Cybersecurity Risks and Realities” at the Telecommunications Media Forum


https://www.canada.ca/en/radio-television-telecommunications/news/2019/12/steven-harroun-to-the-panel-on-cybersecurity-risks-and-realities-at-the-telecommunications-media-forum.html

In a transcribed speech, Steven Harroun, chief compliance and enforcement officer, Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), describes efforts to protect digital economies and societies. He notes the CRTC’s work with groups like M3AAWG, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers and more.

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November 19, 2019

Louisiana spurns attempted ransomware attack, governor says


https://www.scmagazine.com/home/security-news/ransomware/louisiana-spurns-attempted-ransomware-attack-governor-says/

Seth Blank, co-chair of M3AAWG’s Election Security Special Interest Group, comments on threats to election integrity for cities and states.

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November 15, 2019

3 Cybersecurity Threats Facing Campaigns in 2020


https://www.campaignsandelections.com/campaign-insider/3-cybersecurity-t...
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.

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