StopBadware.org, Mozilla Partner to Protect Consumers

StopBadware.org, Mozilla Partner to Protect Consumers

Mozilla joins Google, PayPal, Lenovo, VeriSign, AOL and Trend Micro in supporting the initiative led by Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., September 16, 2008 — StopBadware.org, the university-based consumer protection initiative developed to combat badware in novel ways, announced today that Mozilla, creator of popular free and open source software such as Firefox, will become its newest sponsor. Mozilla joins Google, PayPal, Lenovo, VeriSign, AOL and Trend Micro in supporting the initiative led by Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society.

“Firefox was developed through the collective knowledge of a community,” said Jonathan Zittrain, co-founder of StopBadware.org and author of The Future of the Internet – And How to Stop It. “We look forward to applying lessons of Mozilla’s open development process to our own efforts in fighting badware.”

Those efforts include research into how badware spreads online, an active community of users helping each other to keep their websites and computers protected, public alerts about new badware applications, and a clearinghouse of dangerous websites reported by StopBadware.org’s partners.

“Mozilla is proud to partner with StopBadware.org, an organization that shares our vision of bringing people together to build open, transparent solutions that respect user choice,” said John Lilly, Mozilla’s CEO. “This type of collaboration is critical to fighting back against an organized criminal element and ultimately preserving the online user experience.”

About StopBadware.org

StopBadware.org is a partnership among the academic community, consumer groups, technology industry leaders, and volunteers committed to protecting Internet users from threats to their privacy and security caused by bad software. StopBadware.org is led by Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society. Consumer Reports WebWatch serves as an unpaid special advisor. The initiative is supported by Google, PayPal, Lenovo, AOL, Trend Micro, VeriSign and Mozilla. For more information, please visit http://www.stopbadware.org.

About Mozilla

Mozilla is a global community dedicated to building free, open source products and technologies that improve the online experience for people everywhere. We work in the open with a highly disciplined, transparent and cooperative development process, under the umbrella of the non-profit Mozilla Foundation. As a wholly owned subsidiary, the Mozilla Corporation organizes the development and marketing of Mozilla products. This unique structure has enabled Mozilla to financially support and cultivate competitive, viable community innovation. For more information, visit www.mozilla.com.

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