About StopBadware

Our work protects people and organizations from becoming victims of viruses, spyware, scareware, and other badware. StopBadware is a program housed within the Security Economics Lab at the University of Tulsa; StopBadware is co-directed by Dr. Tyler Moore and Dr. Marie Vasek.

StopBadware started as a project of the renowned Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, and we spun off as an independent nonprofit organization in 2010. We then turned back into a university research project in 2015. From our inception, we've been led and shaped by top thinkers in the fields of security and Internet policy. Historically, StopBadware was the only not-for-profit organization focused on protecting the public from badware websites. 

The open Internet is one of the world’s greatest resources.

Badware poses a serious threat to the integrity of the Web and the security of the people who use it. StopBadware works with a powerful and growing network of collaborators to find new, systemic ways of addressing this threat and increasing security for everyone w​​ho values the Web as a platform for business, expression, and innovation.

The StopBadware program:

  • provides Internet users with important and timely information about badware
  • helps website owners, particularly individuals and small businesses, protect their sites from badware; offers resources and community support to owners of compromised sites
  • engages web hosts and other key service providers to help them effectively and transparently address badware websites within their zones of control
  • encourages companies to proactively share data and knowledge with one another; leads collaborative information-sharing efforts that create greater security for all stakeholders
  • conducts high-impact research on malicious websites, cybersecurity econometrics, and critical infrastructure, to name just a few