MAAWG Hosts GSMA Security Group in Europe

By Messaging Anti-abuse Working Group maawg, PRNE
Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Industry Meeting Attacks Spam Across Platforms, Promotes International, Industry-wide Cooperation

SAN FRANCISCO, May 19, 2010 - The Messaging Anti-Abuse Working Group will host the GSMA Security Group
at the MAAWG 19th General Meeting in Barcelona on June 8-10 with a
multi-track event focusing on all forms of spam delivery, including mobile,
broadband, terrestrial and Web messaging. The meeting will also feature an
insiders' panel discussing the recent crackdown on the Mariposa botnet,
sessions on mobile spam and abuse reporting technologies, and a look at
critical technical and international public policy issues affecting abuse

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The GSM Association Security Group (GSMA-SG) will participate on various
MAAWG panels and will hold its own closed sessions. In addition, MAAWG is
making several of its June 7 technical training sessions available to
non-member industry professionals at no cost in an effort to share critical
information with the market.

GSMA SG Chairman Charles Brookson said, "We both face very similar
challenges, and we are looking forward to a fruitful meeting leading to
ongoing cooperation."

    The three-day MAAWG meeting will include:
    -- Sessions on mobile spam reporting 7726, the state of bots on mobile
       networks, and expert discussions on the differences between Internet
       email and mobile messaging
    -- Panels on the Mariposa botnet and other international private/public
       initiatives to fight bots around the world
    -- An update on current international public policy concerns and
       potential projects
    -- DKIM (DomainKey Indentified Mail) signing strategies and MARF (Mail
       Abuse Reporting Format) sessions
    -- Working sessions on best practices for troubleshooting delivery
       problems and senders abuse reporting processes
    -- A comparison of the best - and worst - email marketing practices in
       both the United States and Europe
    -- A review of domain hacking and protection technologies, DNS Security
       case studies and DNSSEC deployment

To facilitate industry-wide dialogue, the ISP Closed Colloquium, usually
restricted to MAAWG service providers, will be opened to all MAAWG members on
June 10, including senders and vendors.

MAAWG, the largest industry organization working worldwide to combat all
types of messaging abuse, invited GSMA to participate in the meeting because
of its significant role representing the international mobile communications

MAAWG Chairman Michael O'Reirdan said, "Spam, phishing and other types of
messaging abuse move across devices and platforms as seamlessly as they
travel across country borders these days. At MAAWG, our mission is to pursue
industry cooperation to protect consumers and provide a safe online

Information on the meeting is available at the MAAWG website, Industry professionals also can find more information
on the training there.

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 open 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.;
PayPal; Return Path, Inc.; Spamhaus; Sprint; Symantec; and Zynga, Inc.

A complete member list is available at

Linda Marcus, APR, Astra Communications, +1-714-974-6356, LMarcus at

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