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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 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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February 07, 2016

M3AAWG Best Practices for Unicode Abuse Prevention

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.

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Public Policy Comments

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.

September 12, 2011

MAAWG Comments on National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Draft Strategic Plan

MAAWG submitted comments in September 2011
The comments were submitted to the National Institute of Standards and Technologyon its draft NICE plan.

September 06, 2011

MAAWG Comments to UK House of Commons Inquiry into Malware and Cyber-crime

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.

November 13, 2010

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.

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M3AAWG Reports

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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January 06, 2017

ICO's blog on its international work (M3AAWG and UCENet)

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.

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September 30, 2016

Time To Talk Digital Issues At WTO With Focus On Developing Countries, Forum Hears

https://www.ip-watch.org/2016/09/30/time-to-talk-digital-issues-at-wto-w...

. . . 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.

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September 26, 2016

Exploring Cybersecurity Topics on a Whirlwind Tour of Eastern Europe

https://www.icann.org/news/blog/exploring-cybersecurity-topics-on-a-whir...

 ". . . 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."

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September 22, 2016

News from Identifier Technology Health Indicators (ITHI)

https://www.icann.org/news/blog/news-from-identifier-technology-health-i...

. . ."First, ICANN will organize another ITHI workshop at the M3AAWG meeting in October in Paris."

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June 08, 2016

EXPERTS TO FCC: CHANGE COURSE ON BROADBAND PRIVACY RULES INDUSTRY GROUPS AND EXPERTS AGREE: THE FCC MUST CHANGE COURSE ON BROADBAND PRIVACY

Fixed Wireless Internet Service Providers Association 

http://www.wispa.org/News/wispa_news_06-08-16_Experts_to_FCC

"A coalition of industry groups including WISPA, CTA, CTIA, and US Telecom today published a joint article in opposition to the FCC’s proposed new rules for broadband privacy protection . . . The Messaging, Malware and Mobile Anti-Abuse Working Group similarly warned that the rules as currently framed could inadvertently undermine cooperation and communication needed to secure the web from malware, viruses and hackers online. . . "

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