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

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 industry. 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 experience."

Information on the meeting is available at the MAAWG website, http://www.maawg.org. 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 (http://www.MAAWG.org) 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, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 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; Genius.com; 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 http://www.maawg.org/about/roster.
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