International Business and Voluntary Organizations Working on Spam

  1. The London Action Plan (LAP) was initially launched after a conference on spam enforcement hosted jointly by the UK Office of Fair Trading and the US Federal Trade Commission in London in October 2004. It was the first international forum to focus exclusively on spam enforcement. The LAP is constituted of more than 30 consumer protection, data protection, and telecommunications agencies and more than a 24 private sector and consumer representatives, spanning four continents; the LAP organizes regular virtual conferences for its members to exchange best practice and prepare joint actions against spammers.

  2. Spamhaus Project is an organization composed of a large number of international companies dedicated to track Internet's spammers, spam gangs and spam services. It also provides dependable real time anti-spam protection for Internet networks, and works with law enforcement authorities to identify and pursue spammers worldwide. Its website contains alert documents, legislation, blocklist and relevant statistics on the most spam countries, worst spam ISPís, and a registry of spammers from all over the world.

    UXN Spam Combat

  3. The Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) is an industry association focused on eliminating the identity theft and fraud that result from the growing problem of phishing and e-mail spoofing. The APWG provides a forum to discuss phishing issues, define the scope of the phishing problem in terms of hard and soft costs, and share information and best practices for eliminating this problem. The website contains phishing archives, an e-mail address to report phishing and fraudulent activity, white papers, reports, consumer advice, links to anti-fraud organizations, corporate anti-fraud policies and the background of phishing.

  4. Brightmail is a multinational company part of the Symantec group that provides anti-spam solutions for companies, Its website contains fraud statistics, news and events on spam.

  5. Sophos is a UK based company that provides anti-virus anti-spam solutions for business. Sophosí website contains information on spam such as glossary of terms, tips, articles, white papers, statistics and news in six languages.

    Sophos Security Threat Report, July 2007 (Available upon registration).

  6. The Anti-Spam Research Group (ASRG) is a group of the Internet Research Task Force, which investigates tools and techniques to mitigate the effects of spam. The focus of the ASRG is on technology solutions, tools and techniques to aid the implementation of legal and other non-technical anti-spam measures. The ASRG also provides input for standardization efforts within the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF).

  7. UNSpam is a consulting company for business and governments founded in 2001, which tries to solve the problems created by the flood of unsolicited, unwanted e-mail. UNSpam mission is to develop creative solutions that effectively control the volume of spam and manage the risk associated with it. UNSpamís website contains links to statistics, laws, newsletters, papers and reports.

  8. Trans Atlantic Consumer Dialogue (TACD) has also worked on spam related issues and between October and December 2003 held an online survey on spam. The survey results, and TACD's resulting recommendations were released at the TACD annual meeting in Brussels on February 2, 2004.

  9. VISA, “Cut The Line On Phishing Scams”. This a report issued by VISA in November 2004 that contains relevant information and tips to avoid fall victim of phishing and brand spoofing scams, as well as a list of FAQís in order to make consumers understand the technical aspect of phishing along with a list of helpful sources. pdf

  10. International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Guidelines on Marketing and Advertising using Electronic Media. Developed by the Commission on Marketing and Advertising (December 2004).

    Spam Fighting Resource contains a global inventory of 48 countries created by the ICC to increase awareness of reporting spam and opt-out facilities.

  11. Websense Security Labs, “Security Trends Report” (First Half 2005) This report summarizes findings on phishing and other Internet threats and includes projections for the upcoming year. pdf

  12. The Pew Internet & American Life Project produces reports and online surveys that explore the impact of the Internet on families, communities, work and home, daily life, education, health care, and civic and political life in the United States. It has issued the following reports and documents on spam:

    Spam 2007 Report (May 23, 2007) pdf

    Spam and Phishing Report (April 10, 2005)

    The CAN-SPAM has not help e-mail users son far Memo (March 17, 2004)

    Spam: How it is hurting email and degrading life on the Internet (October 22, 2003)

  13. The “Antiphishing Japan” Campaign

  14. SpotSpam is a business initiative supported by the European Commissionís Safer Internet Program, the purpose of which is to facilitate legal action against spammers at the international level. It aims at creating appropriate agreements between both private and public entities in several countries, to provide for effective evidence gathering and use of evidence when action is taken against spammers.

  15. The Messaging Anti-Abuse Working Group (MAAWG) is a global business organization focusing on preserving electronic messaging from online exploits and abuse with the goal of enhancing user trust and confidence, while ensuring the deliverability of legitimate messages. MAAWG works to address messaging abuse by focusing on technology, industry collaboration and public policy initiatives.

  16. PhishTank is a collaborative clearing house for data and information about phishing on the Internet. It provides an open API for developers and researchers to integrate anti-phishing data into their applications at no charge.

  17. The semi-annual Symantec Internet Security Threat Report (ISTR) Volume XI pdf (March 2007) covers the six-month period from July 1, 2006, through December 31, 2006. It is based on Symantec data collected from more than 40,000 sensors deployed in more than 180 countries in addition to a database that covers more than 20,000 vulnerabilities affecting more than 30,000 technologies from more than 4,000 vendors. Symantec also reviews more than 2 million decoy accounts that attract e-mail messages from 20 different countries around the world allowing Symantec to gauge global spam and phishing activity. To provide enhanced insight into the evolving threat landscape, this volume of the report includes several new metrics, such as the window of exposure for Web browsers and the proportion of previously unseen malicious code.

  18. The Internet Society (ISOC) joined the StopSpamAlliance in June 2007 as an international multi-stakeholder cooperative effort to coordinate international action against spam and related threats to the Internet more effectively by sharing information and resources among participating entities. ISOC launched a section with information on spam related initiatives at the national and international level.

  19. Brockman & Company, “The Spam Index Report. Comparing Real-World Performance of Anti-spam Technologies,” (July 2007) pdf

  20. ComTouch, “Email Threats Trend Report Q3 2007pdf