StopBadware celebrates second anniversary; adds two new sponsors

StopBadware celebrates second anniversary; adds two new sponsors

Consumer protection initiative joined by AOL, Trend Micro

Boston, MA – 02/26/2008 –, the consumer protection initiative developed to combat badware, is now two years old. An initiative of Harvard Law School’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society and Oxford University’s Oxford Internet Institute, the project has established itself as a leader in using new technologies and social configurations to identify and report threats to Internet users’ privacy and security caused by bad software.

It is supported by technology industry leaders Google, eBay/PayPal, Lenovo, and VeriSign, now joined by AOL and Trend Micro. AOL is a leading global Web services company. Trend Micro is a global provider of network antivirus and Internet content security software and services.

AOL Chief Privacy Officer Jules Polonetsky said, “StopBadware has emerged as an important thought leader in Internet consumer protection, and AOL values their work promoting a safer online environment.”

“Trend Micro is pleased to be supporting as it moves into its third year,” said Bruce Hughes, Manager of Security Intelligence at Trend Micro. “We look forward to working together to forward our shared goal of a safer Internet.”

In its third year, will continue operating the Badware Clearinghouse of websites capable of hijacking visiting users’ computers; releasing alerts and reports about badware applications; and educating users and webmasters through its online discussion group and website. The project’s web site draws over a million visitors each month.

In the first half of 2008, will team up with Consumer Reports WebWatch to launch a new online community focused on providing a way for users, consumers, and small website owners to share advice and experience to help keep their computers and websites safe. will also add additional sources of data to the Badware Clearinghouse and produce academic and technical reports that contribute to the badware research community.

“ has taken enormous strides since its founding,” said Jonathan Zittrain, professor of Internet Governance and Regulation at Oxford University and co-director of “No one owns overall Net security. We’ve worked to create a self-sustaining and scalable system for identifying bad code and alerting users – drawing on the experience of users and their PCs, rather than trying to be a top-down oracle.” also seeks to shape principles that capture the essence of what makes certain software badware – such as failure to disclose meaningfully and fully to a user what the software will do.

About is a nonprofit consumer protection initiative working to combat badware, including malicious software such as spyware, incessant pop-up ads, and other badware. is led by Harvard Law School’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society and Oxford University’s Oxford Internet Institute. Consumer Reports WebWatch serves as an unpaid special advisor. The initiative is supported by AOL, Google, Lenovo, PayPal, Trend Micro, and VeriSign. For more information, please visit