The Messaging, Malware, and Mobile Anti-Abuse Working Group (M3AAWG) is where the industry comes together to work against botnets, malware, spam, viruses, DoS attacks, and other online exploitation. We are the largest global industry association, with more than 200 members worldwide, bringing together all the stakeholders in the online community in a confidential, open forum. We develop cooperative approaches for fighting online abuse.
Founded in 2004, M3AAWG is a technology-neutral, non-political working body. We systematically focus on operational issues of Internet abuse including technology, industry collaboration, and public policy. Our membership Includes Internet Service Providers (ISPs), telecom companies, Email Service Providers (ESP), social networking companies, leading hardware and software vendors, major brands, major antivirus vendors, and numerous security vendors.
What they do:
They develop and publish best practices papers, position statements, training and educational videos, and other materials to help the online community fight abuse with a focus on operational practices. Our public policy advocacy (which is not lobbying) provides technical and operational guidance to governments, Internet and public policy agencies developing new Internet policies and legislation.
As an organization, we target abusive messaging, malware, and other new forms of abuse that threaten end-users:
• Messaging – Addressing abuse on any messaging platform, from email to texting
• Malware – Spam and many other forms of abuse are only the symptoms of the real pathology, which are the bots, viruses and malicious code that surreptitiously infect users’ systems. If we block the pathology – the malware – from accessing the system, fraud and user vulnerabilities will dissipate
• Mobile – Protecting this ubiquitous platform as it comes under attack from malware and messaging abuse, including both text and voice services