M3AAWG San Francisco Meeting Addresses Latest Messaging Security Ranging From Mobile Malware to DDoS Attacks

Wed Jan 30, 2013 12:32pm EST

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  SAN FRANCISCO, CA, Jan 30 (Marketwire) -- 
With the variety of devices in use today and the pervasive connectivity
available to users, malware could easily get the upper hand on many
networks without corrective measures. The Feb. 19-21 M3AAWG 27th General
Meeting in San Francisco will focus on helping the industry develop the
necessary strategies to protect end-users from the latest messaging
abuses, whatever the abuse vector or device that is targeted. 

    The Messaging, Malware and Mobile Anti-Abuse Working Group meeting will
offer six sessions focusing specifically on emerging mobile malware and
security issues along with presentations on computer bot research,
international cybersecurity efforts, social media issues and other
topics. There will also be three tracks of security-related training on
Feb. 18.

    Recognizing the need for cross-industry cooperation within the messaging
industry, M3AAWG works to foster an environment where experts from all
areas of cybersecurity can share their experience and learn from each
other. Sessions at the meeting will explore the challenge of protecting
online advertising, present a DNS Changer Working Group study, offer
practical spam trap tips, and provide an open dialogue between email
service providers that send third party messages and ISPs, along with
other topics. Among the mobile sessions, noted industry experts will
discuss current Android viruses, abuse of mobile payment systems, and the
evolution of mobile malware. 

    "The malware on an end-user's system might have been delivered through
email, an SMS with a link to a drive-by website, a tainted mobile app or
another vector. But however it got there, it can be dangerous and costly
to the user, and it can have devastating and far-reaching effects on
other networks and users. To effectively tackle malware, we need to share
information, both across areas of expertise and across international
borders," said Alex Bobotek, M3AAWG Co-Chairman.

    AllThingsD.com Co-Executive Editor Kara Swisher will keynote the meeting,
sharing her perspective on how the Internet has changed since she began
covering technology for both The Washington Post and The Wall Street
Journal and where she sees the industry going in the near future. The
Electronic Frontier Foundation's International Freedom of Expression
Coordinator Eva Galprin will also offer a keynote presentation on the
status of Syrian malware. 

    Emphasizing the international aspect of fighting abuse, Dr. Victoria
Baines, strategic advisor on cybercrime at the European Police Office
(EUROPOL) in The Hague, will elaborate on Project 2020, a range of
activities to enhance online security including common threat reporting,
strategic foresight exercises, policy guidance and capacity building. In
another session, a panel will discuss the state of spam and industry
outreach efforts to share best practices in the BRIC countries (Brazil,
Russia, India and China).

    The Monday training sessions (https://www.maawg.org/activities/training)
will cover machine learning, analysis of anti-abuse data, encryption, and
an end-to-end process for sharing data within the security community.
Speakers at the meeting will also address methods to defend against DDoS
attacks, the social media spam marketplace, URL redirection and issues of
online bullying, along with working sessions to develop best practices.

    The San Francisco meeting is the only Silicon Valley event M3AAWG will
host this year. Its European meeting will be in Vienna, Austria in June
and its October East Coast meeting in Montreal, Canada.

    About the Messaging, Malware and Mobile Anti-Abuse Working Group (M3AAWG)

    The Messaging, Malware and Mobile Anti-Abuse Working Group (M3AAWG) is
where the industry comes together to work against bots, malware, spam,
viruses, denial-of-service attacks and other online exploitation. M3AAWG
(www.M3AAWG.org) represents more than one billion mailboxes from some of
the largest network operators worldwide. It leverages the depth and
experience of its global membership to tackle abuse on existing networks
and new emerging services through technology, collaboration and public
policy. It also works to educate global policy makers on the technical
and operational issues related to online abuse and messaging.
Headquartered in San Francisco, Calif., M3AAWG is driven by market needs
and supported by major network operators and messaging providers.

    M3AAWG Board of Directors: AT&T (NYSE: T); Cloudmark, Inc.; Comcast
(NASDAQ: CMCSA); Constant Contact (NASDAQ: CTCT); Cox Communications;
Damballa, Inc.; Eloqua; Facebook; France Telecom (NYSE and Euronext:
FTE); Google; Message Bus; PayPal; Return Path; Symantec; Time Warner
Cable; Verizon Communications; and Yahoo! Inc.

    M3AAWG Full Members: 1&1 Internet AG; Adaptive Mobile Security LTD; Adobe
Systems Inc.; AOL; BAE Systems Detica; Cisco Systems, Inc.; Dynamic
Network Services Inc.; Email Sender and Provider Coalition; Genius;
iContact; Internet Initiative Japan (IIJ NASDAQ: IIJI); Mailchimp; McAfee
Inc.; Message Systems; Mimecast; Nominum, Inc.; Proofpoint; Scality;
Spamhaus; Sprint; and Twitter.

    A complete member list is available at


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