About StopBadware

About StopBadware

Our work protects people and organizations from becoming victims of viruses, spyware, scareware, and other badware. StopBadware was formerly a nonprofit anti-malware organization based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. As of September 2015, the organization has been refashioned as a program housed within the Security Economics Lab at the University of Tulsa; the Security Economics Lab is directed by Dr. Tyler Moore and 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. 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