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.
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.
These industry best practices are intended to help mitigate the abuse of mobile messaging (i.e., SMS, MMS and RCS), including text messaging and connected services. The guidelines outlined here will assist service providers and vendors in maintaining practical levels of trust and security across an open, globally-interconnected messaging environment. Updated August 2015.
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 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.
MAAWG submitted comments in March 2010. As recommended by MAAWG and others, ARIN changed course on this topic.
The initial draft policy would have allowed ISPs to hide the true customer of a domain name. The revised Version 2 policy that was implemented recognized the need for the customer name to remain in the SWIP and RWHOIS information.
Updates and Commentary from the Messaging, Malware and Mobile Anti-Abuse Working Group
None at this time.
MAAWG Provides Free Messaging Security Training: Releases DKIM Implementation Tutorial By Leading Experts, Invites Industry to Previously Closed Training Courses
MAAWG Hosts GSMA Security Group in Europe Industry Meeting Attacks Spam Across Platforms, Promotes International, Industry-wide Cooperation
Consumers Don’t Relate Bot Infections to Risky Behavior As Millions Continue to Click on Spam; MAAWG 2010 Email Security Consumer Survey Expands to North America and Western Europe
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. . . "