First China-U.S. Effort to Fight Spam

By Messaging Anti-abuse Working Group maawg, PRNE
Thursday, February 24, 2011

ORLANDO, Florida, February 25, 2011 - Speaking at the Messaging Anti-Abuse Working Group 21st General Meeting
in Orlando, Fla., on Feb. 23, the EastWest Institute's Chief Technology
Officer Karl Frederick Rauscher previewed a joint China-United States report
on cybersecurity to be published next month. Fighting Spam to Build Trust
will be the first product of talks between Chinese and United States experts
convened by EWI, a New York-based international think tank.

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"The EastWest Institute sees this report as part of our larger effort to
help overcome the trust deficit between China and the United States on
cybersecurity," said Rauscher. At the end of Chinese President Hu Jintao's
visit to Washington last month, the U.S.-China Joint Statement called on the
two countries to address cybersecurity issues.

Rauscher co-led the bilateral with Yonglin Zhou, Director, Network
Security Committee of the Internet Society of China. Fighting Spam to Build
Trust will present voluntary best practices for reducing spam which,
according to MAAWG, accounts for about 90 per cent of email traffic.

According to Rauscher, the experts chose to target spam in part because
China has made great strides in reducing spam in recent years - a notable
achievement given the rapid growth of Internet users in the country. Rauscher
said that the report will emphasize a leadership role for the private sector
in both countries. The recommendations for combating spam will include:
processes for creating international protocols aimed to differentiate
legitimate messages from spam; a call for educating consumers about the risk
of botnets; and measures for discouraging spam, such as encouraging ISPs in
both countries to use feedback loops.

"This cooperative effort will not end with this report," said Zhou.
"Rather, it is a part of an ongoing process between Chinese and United States
experts to open dialogue and foster mutual understanding."

Michael O'Reirdan, MAAWG Chairman and Distinguished Engineer at Comcast
said, "This dialogue with China is a most welcomed breakthrough - a real step
forward. It comes at an opportune time and can build on the work that has
been going on at MAAWG for several years." MAAWG works against spam and
online exploitation, representing over one billion mailboxes worldwide.

EWI President and Founder John E. Mroz added: "The United States and
China face large moral and political dilemmas in cooperating on
cybersecurity. Do we continue to see each other as enemies or rivals, or do
we edge slowly forward trying to find common ground? We know that the
economic and personal security of our citizens depends on a quantum leap in
cooperation and an end to the rapidly escalating cyber mistrust."

Multilateral efforts to fight spam will be one of the topics discussed at
EWI's upcoming Second Worldwide Cybersecurity Summit, to be held in London
June 1-2.

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Media Contacts: For MAAWG: Linda Marcus, APR,,

For EWI: Abby Rabinowitz (

MAAWG Board of Directors: AOL; AT&T (NYSE: T); Cloudmark, Inc.; Comcast
(Nasdaq: CMCSA); Cox Communications; Facebook; France Telecom (NYSE and
Euronext: FTE); Goodmail Systems; Openwave Systems (Nasdaq: OPWV); Tata
Communications (NYSE: TCL); Time Warner Cable; Verizon Communications; and
Yahoo! Inc.

MAAWG Full Members: 1&1 Internet AG; Adaptive Mobile Security LTD; Apple
Inc.; Bizanga LTD; Cisco Systems, Inc.; Constant Contact (CTCT); e-Dialog;
Eloqua; Experian CheetahMail;; Internet Initiative Japan, (IIJ
Nasdaq: IIJI); McAfee Inc.; NeuStar, Inc.; Return Path, Inc.; Spamhaus;
Sprint; and Symantec

A complete member list is available at

Linda Marcus, APR, LMarcus at, +1-714-974-6356 or for EWI: Abby Rabinowitz, arabinowitz at

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