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.
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.”
Nearly all email systems, including those of Email Sender Providers and network operators, at some point have delivery issues because their sending IPs or domains are on a blocklist. This document shares established procedures defining how to triage and respond to a blocklisting to assist in a timely and effective resolution. Version 1.0.1 was updated in February 2018.
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.
Email abuse rates can significantly affect a sender’s reputation and, consequently, its ability to deliver customers’ emails to the inbox. This paper explains some of the common processes senders can use to effectively manage and monitor email complaints and to help their customers, who are the list owners, develop healthy email practices that generate better results.
of email lists.
Many list web forms provoke an email confirmation to the subscriber's email address provided in the form but malicious entities are now using this feature to do bulk form submissions with forged addresses that flood the subscriber’s inbox. M3AAWG members collaborated across the industry to propose a header as an initial step that hosting and sending companies can implement to help protect against these attacks. The header allows receivers to identify floods of mail coming from sign-up forms that are bombarding victim mailboxes.
Public Policy Comments
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
Submitted to ICANN in December 2013 in response to ICANN's misuse survey.
Submitted to ICANN in August 2013 in response to ICANN's Expert Working Group report.
Submitted to the ITU Council Working Group on International Internet–Related Public Policy Issues (CWG–Internet) in July 2013
In response to a request for comments on effectively countering and combatting spam.
Updates and Commentary from the Messaging, Malware and Mobile Anti-Abuse Working Group
None at this time.
Articles About M3AAWG
ProPublica's Julia Angwin augments her earlier "list bomb" article with information on what can be done to prevent these attacks.
Wired Magazine published ProPublica's journalist Julia Angwin account of how she and colleages were "list bombed" and talks about the growing problem, including a preventive strategy developed by M3AAWG.
Representatives of the United Kingdom's independent authority set up to uphold information rights in the public interest report on their work with members of UCENet at a four day event hosted by the Messaging Malware Mobile Anti-Abuse Working Group (M3AAWG) in Paris.
. . . dealt with by internet governance organisations such as ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers), the UN-backed Internet Governance Forum, Internet Engineering Task Force, and the Messaging Anti Abuse Working Group.
". . . I plan to take advantage of the opportunity to network with first responders, law enforcement and cybercrime forensic professionals from Europe and Eastern Europe. APWG and similar conferences (e.g., Messaging, Malware and Mobile Anti–Abuse Working Group – M3AAWG) are venues where the IS SSR team is most successful in building trust relationships and promoting participation in ICANN's multistakeholder community."