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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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February 28, 2017

M3AAWG Password Recommendations for Account Providers

Passwords are used virtually everywhere.  This document provides password requirement recommendations for ISPs and other providers and briefly describes the risk model of using passwords to provide authorized or secure access to resources. It aims to improve end-user security by encouraging strong passwords.

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February 20, 2017

M3AAWG Multifactor Authentication Recommendations

While passwords are the default solution for securing users' accounts today, they have many shortcomings and most can be easily cracked.  M3AAWG believes the time has come for providers to require multifactor authentication, instead of simple passwords, to enhance protection of services with a history or substantial risk of account compromise. 

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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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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.

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June 15, 2016

M3AAWG Introduction to Traffic Analysis

M3AAWG outlines the key characteristics of traffic analysis attacks, discusses potential ways to avoid them, and considers the advantages and disadvantages of deploying preventative measures.

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Public Policy Comments

August 14, 2012

Comments on Abuse Contact Management in the RIPE Database

Submitted to RIPE in August 2012
Response to RIPE’s proposal to introduce a new contact attribute named "abuse-c

May 23, 2012

M3AAWG Comments on ICANN WHOIS Policy Review Team Final Report

Response to the final report from the ICANN WHOIS Policy Review Team

December 08, 2011

MAAWG Comments on Protect IP and SOPA

Submitted to U.S. Congress committees on the judiciary in December 2011
MAAWG outlined technical issues with S.968, Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act, and H.R.3261, Stop Online Piracy Act, in a letter to the judiciary committees of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives.

November 16, 2011

MAAWG Comments on the Draft Final Report of the Internationalized Registration Data Working Group

Submitted to ICANN in November 2011
Responses to ICANN on issues in the draft report covering the intrnationalization of domains can be read on the draft report comment site at http://forum.icann.org/lists/ird-draft-final-report/

November 12, 2011

MAAWG Comments on Models to Advance Voluntary Corporate Notification to Consumers Regarding the Illicit Use of Computer Equipment by Botnets and Related Malware

Submitted to NIST in November 2011- Responding to a Request for Information from the U.S. Department of Commerce (DoC) and U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the comments are also available on the NIST site.

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M3AAWG Reports

DM3Z Blog

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

There is no blog posts.

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News

Articles About M3AAWG

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November 13, 2017

Hackers Shut Down ProPublica’s Email For a Day. Here’s How to Stop Attacks Like That.

ProPublica's Julia Angwin augments her earlier "list bomb" article with information on what can be done to prevent these attacks. 

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November 09, 2017

How Journalists Fought Back Against Crippling Email Bombs

ProPublica journalist Julia Angwin describes how she and colleages were "list bombed" and talks about the growing problem, including a preventive strategy developed by M3AAWG.
 

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