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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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January 01, 2019

M3AAWG Position on Email Appending, Version 1.0.1

In marketing terms, “appending” – also known as "e-appending" or "e-pending" – is the practice of taking demographic information known (or assumed) to be related to a particular customer and matching it with other data. It is the position of M3AAWG that this is an abusive messaging practice.  The January 2019 Version 1.0.1 is updated to include the European Union's GDPR and CASL.

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December 20, 2018

M3AAWG Best Current Practices for Reporting Phishing URLs

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.

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June 01, 2018

A M3AAWG Introduction to Addressing Malicious Domain Registrations

This document focuses on defining malicious domain names and provides a non-exhaustive list of possible actions that can be taken to address them.

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May 01, 2018

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.

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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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Public Policy Comments

August 27, 2017

M3AAWG Comments on Restoring Internet Freedom

M3AAWG responded to the Federal Communications Commission's May 2017 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) relating to net neturality that was titled Restoring Internet Freedom.  Our comments can also be found on the FCC site at https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/filing/1082812398671.

 

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.

May 27, 2016

M3AAWG Comments on U.S. FCC Protecting the Privacy of Customers of Broadband and Other Telecommunications Services

Submitted on May 27, 2016 responding to a U.S. Federal Communications Communications Notice of Proposed Rulemaking from the Wireline Competition Bureau. All comments and the FCC proposal are available at http://apps.fcc.gov/ecfs/proceeding/view/view?name=16-106.

Note: The FCC released its Rules to Protect Broadband Consumer Privacy on October 26, 2016, quoting several comments from M3AAWG.

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 .

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M3AAWG Reports

M3AAWG Email Metrics Report

June 01, 2007

First Quarter 2007

March 01, 2007

Third and Fourth Quarters 2006

November 30, 2006

Second Quarter 2006

June 30, 2006

First Quarter 2006

March 01, 2006

Fourth Quarter 2005 Report

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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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September 03, 2019

Solving extreme email deliverability mysteries


https://postmarkapp.com/podcast/solving-extreme-email-deliverability-mysteries
Anna Ward, Postmark’s head of deliverability, discusses her path to becoming an email deliverability expert and the impact of being a part of the M3AAWG community on her work.

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October 30, 2018

Policy eliminates pre-emptive protection of internet infrastructure abuse

Networks Asia - Security Asia

https://www.networksasia.net/article/policy-eliminates-pre-emptive-prote...

A joint APWG-M3AAWG survey of cybercrime responders and anti-abuse personnel indicates ICANN’s Temporary Specification for domain name WHOIS data has eliminated interventions that previously allowed investigators to stop new cybercrimes while still in the preparatory stages -- and has markedly impeded routine mitigations for many kinds of cybercrimes.

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October 25, 2018

How Do You Fight a $12B Fraud Problem? One Scammer at a Time

https://krebsonsecurity.com/2018/10/how-do-you-fight-a-12b-fraud-problem...

Brian Krebs interviewed Ronnie Tokazowski, founder of the private BEC List that received the 2018 JD Falk Award, on Business Email Compromise and the list's cooperative fight to protect end-users. 

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October 09, 2018

Group recognized for efforts thwart Nigerian email scams

https://thehill.com/policy/cybersecurity/410603-private-group-recognized...

Coverage of the BEC List fighting online fraud and the M3AAWG 2018 JD Falk Award it received.

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June 20, 2018

The History of Email with Dave Crocker, Part 2

 

https://thenetworkcollective.com/2018/06/hon-email-part-2/

In 1990, an unresolvable debate over how to expand email beyond ASCII text spawned two separate working groups and is a rare example of how staunchly competitive tech groups unintentionally ended up collaborating to create something important that went beyond the original objective. The result: multimedia email, according to M3AAWG Senior Technical Advisor Dave Crocker in part 2 of his Network Collective podcast on the history of email.

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