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

M3AAWG San Francisco Meeting Addresses Latest Messaging Security Ranging From 
Mobile Malware to DDoS Attacks 
SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 01/30/13 --   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
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
"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
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
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
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
Media Contact: 
Linda Marcus, APR
1+714-974-6356 (U.S. Pacific)
Astra Communications 
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