Industry Experts Gather at MAAWG to 'Protect the End User'

By Messaging Anti-abuse Working Group maawg, PRNE
Thursday, January 28, 2010

Messaging Anti-Abuse Working Group Advances Innovative Practices to Safeguard Consumers from Spam and Bots

SAN FRANCISCO, January 29 - With the participation of some of the industry's largest ISPs, email
providers and Internet companies, the Messaging Anti-Abuse Working Group
(MAAWG) is focusing on how to better protect the end user from spam, bots and
other messaging exploitations during its February meeting in San Francisco.
The three-day, multi-track event will feature experts from Google, Mozilla,
Microsoft, all the major anti-virus vendors, social networking sites, and
anti-spam researchers, among others.

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The first of three MAAWG meetings this year, the goal of the Feb. 16-18
event is to encourage a frank discussion and share innovative techniques to
better safeguard consumers, according to Michael O'Reirdan, MAAWG chairman.
MAAWG meetings are organized around a series of roundtables, expert
presentations on groundbreaking work, and closed-door discussions on
sensitive anti-spam issues.

Among the topics to be addressed at the meeting are:

    - Web browser security
    - The future of desktop and device email clients
    - Domain registrar account security, such as problems that enabled the
      recent attack against a Chinese search engine
    - Authentication and DKIM
    - Wireless messaging abuse
    - Bulk-email senders practices
    - Initial results of the 2010 consumer email survey, expanded to cover
      both North America and Europe

The MAAWG ISP Closed Colloquium (ISPCC), held each day of the meeting,
provides an opportunity for network operators to address confidential issues
in private. This session will be opened to all meeting participants the last
day of the event, providing a unique opportunity for dialogue among ISPs,
bulk senders and vendors. Other MAAWG committee work will continue on best
practices and white papers related to IPv6, port 53 issues, and feedback
loops. Financial Times journalist Joseph Menn will share his research into
DDOS espionage, the basis of his new book Fatal System Error: The Hunt for
the New Crime Lords Who are Bringing Down the Internet.

MAAWG meetings are open to members and invited experts only. Registration
and meeting information is available at

About the Messaging Anti-Abuse Working Group (MAAWG)

The Messaging Anti-Abuse Working Group (MAAWG) is where the messaging
industry comes together to work against spam, viruses, denial-of-service
attacks and other online exploitation. MAAWG (
represents almost one billion mailboxes from some of the largest network
operators worldwide. It is the only organization addressing messaging abuse
holistically by systematically engaging all aspects of the problem, including
technology, industry collaboration and public policy. MAAWG leverages the
depth and experience of its global membership to tackle abuse on existing
networks and new emerging services. Headquartered in San Francisco, Calif.,
MAAWG is an industry forum driven by market needs and supported by major
network operators and messaging providers.

Media Contact: Linda Marcus, APR, +1-714-974-6356,,
Astra Communications

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

MAAWG Full Members: 1&1 Internet AG; Apple Inc.; Bizanga LTD; Cisco
Systems, Inc.; Constant Contact (CTCT); e-Dialog; 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, Astra Communications, +1-714-974-6356, lmarcus at

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