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.
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.
This document was jointly developed by the Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) and M3AAWG with technical and business practices to help ISPs and mailbox providers thwart phishing attacks and other malevolent network abuses. It also includes practices to respond constructively when these attacks occur. Version 2.01 updates the anti-phishing best practices originally published in 2006.
Written in plain language by M3AAWG and the London Action Plan (LAP), Operation Safety-Net outlines the current and emerging threats faced by consumers, businesses and governments with recommended best practices to address these threats. For a brief overview of the document, see the brochure explaining the global depth and breadth of these best practices in the Supporting Documents section from the For the Industry menu tab.
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.
System abuse drains time and revenue for hosting and cloud providers, who must maintain constant vigilance to make sure their systems are not compromised and ensure that their customers are vigilant. This document categorizes types of abuse, suggests appropriate responses and reviews practices for dealing with customers and complaints. It provides current best common practices in use with the hosting, DNS and domain registration provider communities.
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 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 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. . . "