MAAWG Issues First Global Email Spam Report

Messaging Anti-Abuse Working Group Tracks Email Metrics to aid Industry,

Business and Governments in the War on Spam

Mar 08, 2006, 00:00 ET from The Messaging Anti-Abuse Working Group

    SAN FRANCISCO, March 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Including data from some
 of the world's largest Internet Service Providers, MAAWG (Messaging Anti-Abuse
 Working Group) has developed its first metrics report outlining the scope of
 the problem and validating that approximately 80 percent of Internet traffic
 today is abusive email.  The report, "MAAWG Email Metrics Program: The Network
 Operators' Perspective," provides data for the fourth quarter of 2005 and will
 continue to be updated on a quarterly basis as an objective tool for tracking
 the industry's efforts at controlling abusive email.
     The report was initially presented to the OECD (Organization for Economic
 Co-operation and Development) on March 6 as a private sector initiative
 supporting efforts to combat messaging abuse and its effect on the global
 digital economy.
     Metrics derived from the report for the fourth quarter of 2005 concluded
     * There were more than 1,000 blocked or tagged inbound emails per mailbox.
     * With more than 1.5 dropped connections for every unaffected email
       delivered, there were approximately 500 dropped connections for each
     * Participating MAAWG operators saw approximately 4 blocked or tagged
       inbound emails for every unaffected email that was delivered,
       representing 80 percent of the traffic on their networks as abusive.
     * Assuming 1 abusive email for each dropped connection, the ratio of
       blocked or tagged inbound emails for each unaffected email delivered
       increases to 5.6 emails or 85 percent.
     The MAAWG email metrics program includes over 100 million mailboxes,
 providing a statistically significant sample.  This first report includes
 metrics provided voluntarily by nine MAAWG-member ISPs and network operators
 worldwide.  Future reports will be expanded to include additional ISPs.
     MAAWG is particularly suited to the task of measuring abusive email levels
 because it is the largest global trade association focusing on this problem.
 Its members include major ISPs and network operators worldwide with other
 associated industry vendors.
     The complete report is available from the MAAWG Web site at  It was finalized at the organization's 6th General
 Meeting in San Francisco, Feb. 28 through March 2.  The meeting provided
 opportunities for members from some of the world's most active email services
 and vendors to coordinate their programs for controlling abusive email.
     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 ( is the
 only organization addressing messaging abuse holistically by systematically
 engaging all aspects of the problem, including technology, industry
 collaboration and public policy.  It 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
     Media Contact:  Linda Marcus, APR, 714-974-6356,, Astra
     MAAWG Sponsors (Board of Directors): America Online; Bell Canada;
 BellSouth (NYSE:   BLS); Charter Communications (Nasdaq:   CHTR); Cingular
 Wireless (NYSE:  , SBC); Cloudmark; Comcast (Nasdaq:   CMCSA); Cox Communications
 (NYSE:   COX); EarthLink (Nasdaq:   ELNK); France Telecom; Goodmail Systems;
 Openwave Systems (Nasdaq:   OPWV); Swisscom Fixnet, AG LTD; Verizon
 Communications; and Yahoo!
     MAAWG Full Members: Bizanga LTD; Cablevision; Cisco Systems, Inc.;
 Internet Initiative Japan, (IIJ Nasdaq:   IIJI); IronPort Systems; MX Logic; O2;
 Sprint; Sun Microsystems, Inc.; and Symantec
     MAAWG Supporters:  AcquireWeb, Inc.; Adknowledge, Inc.; Checkfree Corp.;
 CheetahMail, An Experian Co.; Cincinnati Bell; Constant Contact; Critical
 Path, Inc.; DoubleClick, Inc.; e-Dialog; eleven GmbH; Epsilon Interactive;
 ExactTarget, Inc.; Fortinet, Inc.; Habeas, Inc.; Mansell Group, Inc.; Message
 Level, LLC; Messagelabs; Nextel Communications; Omniti Computer Consulting,
 Inc.; Perftech, Inc.; Pivotal Veracity; Plala Networks Inc.; Return Path,
 Inc.; RPost; Sendmail; Singlefin; Skylist, Inc.; StrongMail Systems, Inc.;
 TDC; TDS Telecom; Trend Micro, Inc.; Uptilt, Inc.; Verisign Inc.; Word To The
 Wise; and Yesmail

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