Growing Industry Cooperation Fuels 60% Expansion in Messaging Anti-Abuse Working Group
MAAWG Tackles Online Abuse to Protect Users, Issues Important Recommendations in 2006

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- With spam and other exploitation accounting for most of the email traffic over the Internet, the industry association created to fight abuse -- the Messaging Anti-Abuse Working Group (MAAWG) -- grew by over 60 percent in 2006 and, as a result, has significantly bolstered the industry's ability to protect users' inboxes. The efforts within MAAWG to foster cooperation among network operators and email vendors last year cut across national boundaries and led to the development of several important new tools to help stem the flow of abuse facing users.

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In 2007, MAAWG will be applying its expertise to a variety of new projects such as:

* Propagating its contact database for handling concerns related to filtering and reputation management

* Developing a closer collaboration between Internet service providers and providing additional data sharing efforts to understand recent increases in spam volume

* Creating a white paper describing a common abuse reporting format

* Developing best practices for abuse desk or postmaster staff

* Finalizing best practices for high-volume email senders

* Promoting a better understanding of important emerging technologies such as DomainKeys Identified Mail (DKIM) and SenderID

* A MAAWG technical subcommittee is addressing bot and zombie issues

With the 32 members who joined last year, MAAWG had 87 members at the end of the year representing Asia, Europe and North America. The recent growth reflects an increasing awareness in 2006 that network operators and vendors must work together to protect their users' experience on the Internet. Details of the organization's accomplishments as a result of this growth are outlined in the "2006 Report to the Membership on MAAWG Activities and Progress" available under "Quick Links" at

Among the organization's 2006 highlights were three international meetings MAAWG organized that created the opportunity for dialogue among industry experts, government agencies and other industry coalitions, and provided for closed-door discussions among Internet service providers on immobilizing current exploitive campaigns. MAAWG initiated the industry's first metrics report tracking the volume of abusive emails with aggregated data voluntarily supplied by participating network operators, issued best practice recommendations for managing Port 25, jointly developed guidelines against online fraud with the Anti-Phishing Working Group, and contributed to the OECD Anti-Spam Toolkit of Recommended Policies and Measures, among other activities.

"Spam and abuse are not solely the responsibility of any single ISP or vendor," said Jerry Upton, MAAWG Executive Director. "Winning against spam requires industry cooperation and an integrated approach, like the one we take at MAAWG focusing on technology, industry collaboration and public policy. The more companies that become actively involved in this effort, the more efficient the industry becomes at fighting abuse," he said.

MAAWG will also continue to reach out internationally, as it has in the past year. During 2006, it hosted presentations from ENISA (European Network and Information Security Agency), the European Commission DG Information Society and Media, Industry Canada Internet Policy Electronic Commerce Branch, the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Office of Homeland Security. MAAWG representatives also presented at Asian and European trade events.

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 ( is the only organization addressing messaging abuse holistically by systematically engaging all aspects of the problem, including technology, industry collaboration and public policy. It 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, 714-974-6356,, Astra Communications

MAAWG Sponsors (Board of Directors): AOL; Bell Canada; BellSouth (NYSE:BLS); Charter Communications (NASDAQ:CHTR); Cloudmark; Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA); Cox Communications (NYSE:COX); EarthLink (NASDAQ:ELNK); France Telecom (NYSE:FTE) (Euronext:FTE); Goodmail Systems; Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ:MSFT); Openwave Systems (NASDAQ:OPWV); Time Warner Cable, Verizon Communications; and Yahoo! Inc.

MAAWG Full Members: 1&1 Internet AG; AT&T; Bizanga LTD; Internet Initiative Japan, (NASDAQ:IIJI); IronPort Systems; MX Logic; O2; Outblaze LTD; Return Path, Inc.; Rogers Cable; Sprint; Sun Microsystems, Inc.; Symantec; Telus; and Trend Micro, Inc.

MAAWG Supporters: AcquireWeb, Inc.; Adknowledge, Inc.; Aladdin Knowledge Systems; Alt-N Technologies, Ltd.; Bluehornet Networks, Inc.; BigHip; BoxSentry PTE Ltd.; CheetahMail, An Experian Co.; Cincinnati Bell; ColdSpark, Inc.; Commtouch Software LTD; Constant Contact; Critical Path, Inc.; Datran Media; e-Dialog; EastLink; eleven GmbH; EmailLabs; ECO; Epsilon;, Inc.; ExactTarget, Inc.; F-Secure Corp.; Habeas Inc.; Informz; Insender Technologies Inc.; Lashback, LLC; Mansell Group, Inc.; Merkle/Quris; Message Level, LLC; Message Systems; Messagelabs; Messaging Architects; Mirapoint Inc.; MTS Allstream Inc.; Netsuite, Inc.; Nextel Communications; NTL Group Ltd.; PayPal, an eBay Company; Perftech, Inc.; Pivotal Veracity; Premiere Global Services; Responsys, Inc.; RPost;; Sandvine Incorp.; Sendmail, Inc.; Singlefin; SMobile Systems; Sophos Plc.; StreamShield Networks; StrongMail Systems, Inc.; Swisscom Fixnet, AG LTD; TDC; TDS Telecom; Team Cymru; ThinData; LP; Trend Micro, Inc.; TRUSTe; Tucows Inc.; Uptilt, Inc.; Verisign Inc.; VistaPrint; Word To The Wise; Yesmail and ZDirect, Inc.

Source: MAAWG

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