StopBadware receives Online Trust Leadership award for excellence in collaboration

StopBadware receives Online Trust Leadership award for excellence in collaboration

Executive Director Maxim Weinstein accepts prestigious award for organizational commitment to industry collaboration.

Washington, D.C., October 20, 2011—At yesterday’s 6th Annual Online Trust Forum, the Online Trust Alliance honored nonprofit anti-malware organization StopBadware with the 2011 award for Excellence in Organizational Collaboration. The Forum’s Excellence in Online Trust Awards recognize individuals and organizations for exceptional commitment to protecting consumers and critical infrastructure and enhancing trust online. StopBadware’s executive director, Maxim Weinstein, accepted the award on behalf of the organization.

“StopBadware has consistently engaged stakeholders from across the Internet ecosystem in shared efforts to define and implement new ways of protecting users and preserving the Internet’s integrity for all,” said Craig Spiezle, Executive Director of the Online Trust Alliance. “Their commitment to collaboration and openness made them a standout choice for this year’s Excellence in Organizational Collaboration award.”

Since its inception, StopBadware has led efforts to make the Internet ecosystem more resistant, resilient, and responsive to the badware threat. The organization’s current projects include: best practices, developed with the input of cross-industry working groups, that establish expectations and provide guidance for both reporting badware URLs and responding to reports; the opt-in We Stop Badware™ Web Host program for web hosting providers who pledge to follow StopBadware’s best practices and protect customers; a volunteer-led online community,, where webmasters and security experts can get help and learn from one another about badware; and educational pages for webmasters and Internet users about preventing, identifying, and removing badware.

“It’s always been a part of StopBadware’s ethos that protecting users from badware must be a community effort,” said Weinstein. “We’re honored to be recognized for the products of that effort by the OTA, a fellow leader in collaboratively building trust online.”

About The Online Trust Alliance (OTA)

OTA’s mission is to develop and advocate for best practices, training and public policy which mitigate emerging privacy, identity and security threats to online services, brands, government, organizations and consumers. OTA’s goal is to increase consumer protection, transparency and control of their data and online activities, thereby enhancing online trust and confidence and the long-term vitality and innovation of Internet-based services. For more information about OTA, please visit:

About StopBadware

StopBadware provides tools and information that assist industry and policymakers in meeting their responsibility to protect users from badware, and that help users protect themselves. It began as a project of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University before spinning off as a standalone nonprofit organization in 2010. Corporate partners include Google, PayPal, Mozilla, Verizon, and Qualys. StopBadware is based in Cambridge, Mass. For more information, visit