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Below are the M3AAWG published materials related to our work on preventing and mitigating malware. There is also a Malware 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.

Best Practices

March 31, 2019

M3AAWG Email Anti-Abuse Product Evaluation Best Current Practices, Updated March 2019

Outlining practices used during trial evaluations of messaging anti-abuse products or services, this document provides recommendations on processes and techniques to accurately determine a particular solution’s effectiveness. The March 2019 version includes recommendations affected by newer technology, such as cloud services, and other updates.

December 20, 2018

M3AAWG Best Current Practices for Reporting Phishing URLs

Phishing continues to be a significant problem for hosting companies, mailbox providers, brand owners and, of course, for every internet user. This document iinforms all of these groups on the best current practices for reporting phishing URLs.

June 01, 2018

A M3AAWG Introduction to Addressing Malicious Domain Registrations

This document focuses on defining malicious domain names and provides a non-exhaustive list of possible actions that can be taken to address them.

May 01, 2018

M3AAWG Recommendations: Methods for Sharing Dynamic IP Address Space Information with Others-Updated May 2018 (2008)

Although M3AAWG recommends blocking outbound port 25 traffic as the best option for controlling the flow of unwanted email traffic from an ISP’s customer space, such blocks may not always be possible, either for the short or long term. This document offers some alternatives for these ISPs by describing methods they can use to share their dynamic space information with others and allow remote sites to reject inbound mail traffic from dynamic address space.

March 01, 2018

M3AAWG Compromised User ID Best Practices, Version 1.0.1

Updated in March 2018, this document addresses problems associated with compromised user accounts. It discusses mitigation techniques and methods of identifying compromised accounts, including recommendations to ensure the long-term security of accounts to prevent “re-compromise.”


Public Policy Comments

April 04, 2023

M3AAWG Comments on Review of the Computer Misuse Act 1990: consultation and response to call for information (accessible)

M3AAWG has submitted Comments focused on technical recommendations in response to the UK government's request for Review of the Computer Misuse Act 1990: consultation and response to call for information. These comments provide recommendations supporting efforts to tackle online abuse and cybercrime while respectfully urging the UK government to liaise with key security and anti-abuse groups including M3AAWG and its partner organizations as well as key UK-based and international industry stakeholders.

March 02, 2023

M3AAWG Comments on NIST Cybersecurity Framework 2.0 Concept Paper

The Messaging Malware Mobile Anti-Abuse Working Group (M3AAWG) has submitted comments in response to the National Institute on Standards and Technology (NIST) Cybersecurity Framework 2.0 Concept Paper: Potential Significant Updates to the Cybersecurity Framework (CSF Concept Paper), released on January 19, 2023. As discussed in the Comments, M3AAWG generally supports the proposals outlined in the CSF Concept Paper. However, M3AAWG urges NIST to consider the impact of proposals that could potentially dilute the usefulness of a framework originally developed to focus on critical infrastructure cybersecurity risks and needs.​

September 30, 2021

Recommendations pertaining to findings from the M3AAWG and APWG WHOIS Survey Report presented to ICANN in June, 2021

As a followup to the June 2021 survey report of cyber investigators and anti-abuse service providers on the ongoing impacts of ICANN’s implementation of the EU GDPR, the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data (Temporary Specification, adopted in May 2018), M3AAWG and the Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) has released their recommendations for ICANN'S consideration.

June 08, 2021

ICANN, GDPR, and the WHOIS: A Users Survey - Three Years Later

M3AAWG and the Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) conducted a follow up survey to our 2018 survey of cyber investigators and anti-abuse service providers to determine the ongoing impacts of ICANN’s implementation of the EU GDPR, the Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data (Temporary Specification, adopted in May 2018). The report contains our findings and presents some recommendations for consideration.

April 12, 2021

Second Security, Stability, and Resiliency (SSR2) Review Team comments 2021

The Messaging, Malware, and Mobile Anti Abuse Working Group (M3AAWG) welcomes the opportunity to review and submit comments on the final report from ICANN!s Second Securi-ty Stability and Resiliency Review Team (SSR2 RT) to the ICANN Board.  


M3AAWG Reports

DM3Z Blog

Updates and Commentary from the Messaging, Malware and Mobile Anti-Abuse Working Group

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Articles About M3AAWG

October 07, 2019

Technology, law, and the world to protect the Internet: Interview with the standards organization JPAAWG

Japan Anti-Abuse Working Group (JPAAWG) launched in May 2019 and works with M3AAWG to focus on Internet security in Japan. ITmedia spoke with Mr. Shuji Sakuraba and Mr. Nobuhiro Suemasa of JPAAWG about the group’s work, including collaboration with M3AAWG.

October 03, 2019

AI’s Place in Preventing Piracy

Cable operators are working to prevent disruptions to their networks caused by the streaming of pirated content and DDoS attacks. The article calls out CableLabs’ work with M3AAWG on the DDoS Information Sharing Project.

October 02, 2019

Is a DMARC policy really right for everyone?

Valimail makes the case for DMARC enforcement and notes that M3AAWG recommends enforcement as a deliverability best practice.

September 03, 2019

Solving extreme email deliverability mysteries

Anna Ward, Postmark’s head of deliverability, discusses her path to becoming an email deliverability expert and the impact of being a part of the M3AAWG community on her work.


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