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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Public Policy Comments
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 comments were submitted to the Department of Commerce’s request in September 2010. The DoC site has all submitted comments.
The Department of Commerce’s Internet Policy Task Force undertook a comprehensive review of the nexus between cybersecurity challenges in the commercial sector and innovation in the Internet economy. The Department was seeking comments on measures to improve cybersecurity while sustaining innovation.
MAAWG comments were submitted in response to U.S. Federal Communications Commission recommendations in September 2010.
The U.S. FCC’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau (PSHSB) requested comment on the creation of a Cybersecurity Roadmap. The plan would identify vulnerabilities to communications networks or end-users and develop countermeasures and solutions in preparation for, and response to, cyber threats and attacks in coordination with federal partners.
MAAWG offered comments on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s strategy in July 2010
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s draft plan is focused on maintaining a secure cyberspace, which is critical to the health of the economy and national security. It outlines how the federal government might address the recent and alarming rise in online fraud, identity theft, and misuse of information online.
Updates and Commentary from the Messaging, Malware and Mobile Anti-Abuse Working Group
None at this time.
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
Articles About M3AAWG
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
"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. . . "