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Voice and Telephony Anti-Abuse Workshop and Mobile Track

Note:  There will not be a dedicated VTA track at the M3AAWG 46th General Meeting in Budapest, Hungry in June 2019.

Open to the industry, government and academia, the upcoming Voice and Telephony Anti-Abuse Workshop and Mobile Track will feature leading industry and government speakers addressing robocalls, caller-ID spoofing, voice phishing and other issues. Hosted by the M3AAWG VTA SIG, it will continue the work to identify key threats and actions to help reduce telephone services exploitation. The Messaging, Malware and Mobile Anti-Abuse Working Group created this special interest group to help protect telephony services from criminal activity and abuse by developing best practices, technologies and methods for mitigating phone-based attacks.

More than an annoyance, telephony abuse has become a public safety issue disrupting text, voice, video call, and messaging services.  Robocalls have increased fifty percent in one year and Voice over IP services are routinely commandeered in attacks that overload and extort money from critical public safety switchboards. Telephony is quickly becoming another Internet medium for cybercriminals to exploit as media-agile attackers integrate robodialing, text messaging, email, voice response, boiler room and Web attack vectors. Internet and telephony technology are converging, and inexpensive VoIP services are providing the accessibility and anonymity for national and transnational attacks. 

The Voice and Telephony Anti-Abuse Workshop and Mobile Track, and the M3AAWG VTA SIG, are focusing on all services connected to the global public telecommunications network that use telephone numbers as a primary endpoint address.  It will tap into the proven collaborative methodologies and expertise that have been successfully applied at M3AAWG over the past decade to curtail spam and malware as it concentrates on mitigating the increasing abuse from the new threat of convergening Internet and telephony services.

Vetted Workshop Attendance

The Voice and Telephony Anti-Abuse Workshop and Moble Track is open to approved service providers, law enforcement, security vendors, academia, government and public policy officials, and other industry personnel interested in fighting telephony abuse. It will bring together divergent industry partners in a vetted environment to develop collaborative practices that protect networks and end-users. 


Both industry professionals and M3AAWG members are invited to attend the workshop. If you are a M3AAWG member, please sign up for the VTA workshop when registering for the meeting.  There is no cost to attend the VTA Workshop only. If you plan to attend the general meeting sessions there is a registration fee. Nonmembers (industry professionals)  can request to attend the vetted Telephony Anti-Abuse Workshop and Mobile Track.  If you are a nonmember and want to attend the general meeting and the VTA workshop/moible track please complete the form. Attendance at the VTA workshop is free and the general meeting cost is $400. Once accepted, applicants will receive the registration link and code via email after the meeting registration opens. Space is limited.

The workshop is open to all M3AAWG members. Only nonmembers must submit the Request to Attend form.

About the M3AAWG Voice and Telephony Abuse SIG and Moible Track

With the mission of leveraging and expanding M3AAWG expertise to mitigate abuse issues related to the converange of the Internet with voice and telephony technologies, the M3AAWG Voice and Telephony Abuse Special Interest Group (VTA SIG) focuses on education, best practices, end user reporting, feedback loops and collaborative solutions. It developes strategies for medium and longer term efforts, such as requirements for possible DMARC-like standards. It is being led by SIG co-chairs Alex Bobotek, M3AAWG Board Member, and Dr. Mustaque Ahamad, professor at Georgia Tech’s College of Computing.

The communications functions of concern to the VTA SIG includes services with connections to the global public telecommunications network which use telephone numbers as a primary endpoint address. This includes, but is not limited to text, voice and video call and messaging services. The group meets at the three scheduled M3AAWG general meetings and also organizes ad hoc teleconferences and other face-to-face events.

Expected outcomes of this group are collaboration, outreach to standards bodies like the IETF, and writing Best Common Practices for carriers, consumers and all other links in the chain of communications. The group will also address various aspects of education in an effort to better protect and arm service providers, vendors, researchers, regulators and consumers with tools and information.