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MAAWG grew 27% and more than doubled its international membership in 2008, ending the year with 161 members, including the industry's largest ISPs and email providers, volume senders and vendors. Expanding its focus from simply preventing spam to a broader awareness of protecting consumers, MAAWG continued to publish expert papers in 2008 to help the industry better understand and implement email authentication, reputation assessment, updated senders best practices, email forwarding, and practices for sharing dynamic IP addresses.
"The hackers and criminals responsible for botnets and messaging abuse today have become an underground global economy based on illicit activities that prey on end-users. No single ISP or vendor can stop spam. It requires international cooperation and in MAAWG we come together across borders to address the technical and public policy issues that can stop messaging abuse and protect consumers," said MAAWG Chairman Michael O'Reirdan.