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Telecommunications fraud continues to impact companies globally, with a more than two percent increase in fraud loss reported in 2021 as compared to 2019. That data was shared recently with M3AAWG members attending the organization’s June meeting.

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has been working since 2021 to understand and address a growing issue of botnets and malicious software. The Commission believes that botnets are an issue, based in part on data that 20 to 30 percent of all Internet traffic is botnet traffic and users or devices in Canada attempt to access seven million malicious domains daily.

United Kingdom-based cybercrime expert and professor Victoria Baines recently addressed attendees of the M3AAWG 55th member meeting (summary of meeting sessions here: https://www.m3aawg.org/blog/m3aawg-meeting-sessions-tackle-variety-of-security-topics) in London. A video also is available here, https://www.m3aawg.org/keynote-videos.

In 2011, M3AAWG established the J.D. Falk Award to recognize people committed to making a better online world. The award was established in honor of Falk, a founding member of M3AAWG and a deeply passionate and creative individual with a spirit of volunteerism and community building.

The security, email, messaging and related communities can submit nominations for the award by August 9, 2022 here https://www.m3aawg.org/events/jd-falk-award.

Last week, members from M3AAWG met in London for the group’s 55th meeting to discuss and collaborate on issues related to messaging, cybersecurity, regulatory and related topics. The mid-year regional meeting typically includes topics and speakers focused on European Union-related regulations, trends and issues on cybersecurity and email.

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Recently, the Messaging, Malware and Mobile Anti-Abuse Working Group (M3AAWG) announced plans to focus its work around four key industry topics, while continuing the development of the organization.

The industry/technical topics represent the most prevalent and urgent topics related to messaging, Internet use and cybersecurity. Complementary industry groups worldwide, as well as government agencies, are tackling the same topics, and we intend our work to provide members and ultimately users with prescriptive guidance and education around these topics.

RPKI can be an effective anti-abuse tool by helping to not only clean up Internet routing, but to make it more secure by working to prevent leaks and route hijacks. These were some of the topics covered by a panel at the most recent Messaging, Malware and Mobile Anti-Abuse Working Group (M3AAWG) meeting in San Francisco. The panel, titled “Implementing RPKI,” stemmed from an open-round table discussion at a previous M3AAWG meeting:

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Author: M3AAWG Data and Identity Protection Committee

In a recent members’ meeting hosted by the Messaging, Malware, Mobile Anti-Abuse Working Group, attendees learned more in a session, "We Used to Be Able to Monitor the Network, Didn't We?" about ensuring that ISP and enterprise security teams can continue to:

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