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.
With the advent of International Domain Names, Internationalized Top-Level Domains and Email Address Internationalization there will be an increase in the legitimate usage of Unicode characters and an increase in the potential for its abuse as well. This document provides best practices to curtail the potential Unicode abuse.
Provides background on the use of Unicode characters in the abuse context with a tutorial on the options to curtail that abuse.
Opportunistic encryption is one step in protecting email traffic between messaging providers but it might not be sufficient unless forward secrecy is also employed for the connection. This document explains why forward secrecy is necessary and provides guidance for implementing it.
Many organizations and individuals register “parked” domains not meant to either send or receive email traffic. Mailbox providers can authenticate incoming email from these domains quite effectively, provided such domains have the necessary identifiers. This best practices document describes what identifiers can be used to indicate a domain or subdomain that is not meant to send or receive emails. The December 2015 version updates some industry links that changed.
Even though opportunistic encryption protects messages during transmission from sender to receiver, it is still possible for a Man-in-the-Middle (MITM) attacker with a self-signed certificate to impersonate the intended destination. This brief document describes the MITM situation, outlines various methods bad actors can use to conduct MITM attacks, covers components for deterring these attacks and introduces DANE (DNS-based Authentication of Named Entities), a new technology to assist messaging providers in validating they are communicating with an intended destination when using SSL/TLS.
Public Policy Comments
MAAWG submitted comments in September 2011
The comments were submitted to the National Institute of Standards and Technologyon its draft NICE plan.
MAAWG submitted a response in September 2011 to the Science and Technology Committee, UK House of Commons
The committee's inquiry covered a variety of questions related to malware and cyber-crime.
MAAWG Response to U.S. Department of Commerce’s Internet Policy Task Force on the Global Free Flow of Information on the Internet
MAAWG comments were submitted November 2010 in response to the DoC request.
The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Internet Policy Task Force requested comments on government policies that restrict Internet information flow, seeking to understand why these restrictions have been instituted; what, if any, impact they have, and how to address negative impacts. The DoC will publish a report contributing to the Administration’s domestic policy and international engagement on these issues.
MAAWG Comments on ICANN Study on the Prevalence of Domain Names Registered Using a Privacy or Proxy Registration Service
MAAWG comments were submitted October 2010 based on the ICANN request.
ICANN conducted an exploratory study in 2009 to assess an approximate percentage of domain names (through a statistical sampling plan) contained in the top 5 gTLD registries that used privacy or proxy registration services. The study indicated that at least 18% (and probably not much more than 20%) of the domain names contained in the top 5 gTLD registries used privacy or proxy registration services.
The MAAWG letter supporting elements of FISA (see www2.parl.gc.ca/Sites/LOP/LEGISINFO/index.asp?Language=E&list=agenda) was submitted September 2010.
MAAWG submitted a letter supporting the global sharing of abuse-fighting information between law enforcement that is included in Canadian Bill C-28 establishing the federal Fighting Internet and Wireless Spam Act (“FISA”).
MAAWG Offers Free Video Training on IPv6 for Senders; Prepares Marketers for Transition to Updated Protocol
Incoming State Attorneys General Association President McKenna and FTC Consumer Protection Director Vladeck To Address Online Protection at MAAWG; Global Gathering Tackles Cybersecurity Policy, Technology, Mobile and Social Platforms
MAAWG Develops First Industry Best Practices for Protecting Web Messaging Consumers; Also Issues Practices for Email Complaint Feedback Loops and Evaluating Anti-Abuse Products for Email Operators
Facebook and Tata Communications Join MAAWG Board of Directors; Will Fight Spam and Online Abuse with Global Industry Organization
Articles About M3AAWG
ProPublica's Julia Angwin augments her earlier "list bomb" article with information on what can be done to prevent these attacks.
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.