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MAAWG-Messaging, Malware and Mobile Anti-Abuse Working Group
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Industry association working against spam, malware, bots, mobile abuse and other online exploitations
Industry association working against spam, malware, bots, mobile abuse and other online exploitations

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Calendar spam is a growing form of abuse that takes advantage of the application layer across multiple technologies, including scheduling, calendaring and messaging systems. So CalConnect (The Calendaring and Scheduling Consortium) is now working with M3AAWG to fight fake invites and events. See the details at www.m3aawg.org/rel-CalConnect-Work-2018-04.

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Dave Rand managed the first ISP to ban spam and also co-founded the first reputation-based anti-spam company with Dr. Paul Vixie. And in February, he was honored with the 2018 M3AAWG Mary Litynski Award for his lifetime achievements. See the news release at https://www.m3aawg.org/rel-Rand-LitynskiAward-2018-03 to learn why this was so important to the industry and has helped protect millions of users worldwide.
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Web-form sign up attacks actually are email DDoS attacks and are also known as list bombs. The assault tactic is used to hide fraudulent activity or to keep targeted journalists and activists from being able to access their email. Now a new IETF ID message header specification can help mitigate these attacks. The concept came out of ad hoc discussions at M3AAWG meetings this year when members shared observations about a growing number of these attacks. The details are explained in a new M3AAWG paper and in today's news release at https://www.m3aawg.org/rel-WebFormHeader.

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In case you missed it, two local German law enforcement colleagues started looking at some regional ransomware cases and ended up orchestrating the take down of the criminalized Avalanche platform that spread malware around the globe. Lower Saxony Chief Police Inspector Jörn Bisping and Senior Prosecutor Frank Lange received the J.D. Falk Award last month at the M3AAWG 41st General Meeting and they describe the process in their video (posted on this page) that resulted in 800,000 seized domains, eight arrests, 500 court orders, 37 onsite searches and 39 servers seized worldwide.

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This week, M3AAWG published five new papers and announced our 2017 leadership. The papers cover guidance on passwords requirements and on using password managers, multifactor authentication, encryption costs, and a DDoS guide targeted to businesses that outlines what to do before, during and after an attack. All the papers are publicly accessible by clicking on the Best Practices shortcut on the M3AAWG website.

Taking the helm for 2017, Severin Walker of Comcast was elected 2017 Chairman and is serving with vice-chairs Janet Jones, Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing Security organization; Len Shneyder, SendGrid, Inc., and Matthew Stith, Rackspace. See the news release for details on the papers and a list of 2017 committee chairs: www.m3aawg.org/news/rel-leadership-papers-2017-04.

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