Social Networking Threats Addressed at MAAWG Meeting; Industry Advances to Combat Other Online Abuse

    SAN FRANCISCO, March 10 /CNW/ -- Initiating a dialogue with ISPs on how
to protect social sites from exploitation, Craig Newmark, founder of
Craigslist, asked network operators to trust that users will voluntarily
report abuse and to cooperate with sites in building a safe online environment
at the Messaging Anti-Abuse Working Group (MAAWG) general meeting in San
Francisco held Feb. 18-20.  Over the course of the event, MAAWG committees
completed a white paper on email authentication and updated best practices for
volume email senders, both of which will be released to the industry within
the next few weeks.
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    A new subcommittee formed at the meeting began work focusing on DNS abuse
and port 53 management, and the event also featured panels and committee
discussions on filtering, monitoring outbound traffic, and other topics,
according to Jerry Upton, MAAWG executive director.  The MAAWG 12th General
Meeting, attended by 300 industry professionals from over 20 countries, was
the first of three meetings the organization will have this year to advance
the technology, public policy and collaborative work necessary to fight
messaging abuse and spam.
    The organization's 2008 officers also were named at the meeting with
Michael O'Reirdan, a distinguished engineer in national engineering and
technical operations at Comcast, elected MAAWG chair.  MAAWG vice-chairs for
the year are Jonathan Curtis, sr. security architect, technology development
at Bell Canada; and Charles Stiles, Goodmail Systems vice president of
worldwide business development.  Laurie Jill Wood, director of enterprise
security at Charter Communications, continues as treasurer.  All have been
actively promoting cooperation among ISPs and vendors.
    On the social networking panel, Newmark stressed the value of trusting
users to report abuse of his or any other popular site, a theme reiterated by
the other panelists from Google and Six Apart.  At the same time, Newmark
recognized the need for increased collaboration between ISPs and socially
oriented sites to improve the experience for all users.
    The social networking panel was one of more than 25 sessions and
committee meetings organized during the event.  The discussions between ISPs
and social networking site operators will continue at the upcoming 13th MAAWG
General Meeting, June 10-12 in Heidelberg, Germany, along with presentations
on vital technical and public policy issues.  More information is available at
the MAAWG Web site,
    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 ( 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, 714-974-6356,, Astra
    MAAWG Board of Directors: AOL; AT&T (NYSE:   T); Bell Canada; Charter
Communications (Nasdaq:   CHTR); Cloudmark; Comcast (Nasdaq:   CMCSA); Cox
Communications; EarthLink (Nasdaq:   ELNK); France Telecom (NYSE and Euronext:
FTE); Goodmail Systems; Google Inc.; Openwave Systems (Nasdaq:   OPWV); Return
Path, Inc. (Full-Member representative to the Board); Time Warner Cable;
Verizon Communications; and Yahoo! Inc.
    MAAWG Full Members: 1&1 Internet AG; AG Interactive; Bizanga LTD;
Internet Initiative Japan, (IIJ Nasdaq:   IIJI); IronPort Systems; McAfee Inc.;
MX Logic; Outblaze LTD; Return Path, Inc.; Sprint; Sun Microsystems, Inc.;
Symantec; and Telefonica SA.

For further information:

For further information: Linda Marcus, APR, of Astra Communications, 
+1-714-974-6356,, for Messaging Anti-Abuse Working Group Web

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