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Companies join Google, Lenovo, and Sun Microsystems in supporting badware initiative

Cambridge, MA – 9/12/07 —, the consumer protection initiative developed to combat badware, today announced that PayPal and VeriSign have signed on as two of’s growing list of supporting organizations. The two companies join Google, Lenovo, and Sun Microsystems in the initiative led by Harvard Law School’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society and Oxford University’s Oxford Internet Institute.

“Both PayPal and VeriSign have devoted a significant amount of time and resources to addressing the unique challenges of protecting consumers and keeping the Internet safe, particularly in the identity management and security space,” said John Palfrey, co-director of and Executive Director of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School. “We are very excited to have these companies aboard the team as they both bring a wealth of knowledge in fighting badware and other online threats that put consumers at risk.”

“Providing a safe user experience for consumers online has always been core to our business," said Michael Barrett, Chief Information Security Officer for PayPal. “By joining the community, we can help protect compromised Web sites and their customers from future attacks. Most importantly, we look forward to collaborating with consumers, academics and industry peers to educate users on the dangers of spyware, phishing, and other harmful online practices.”

“Maintaining the security and stability of the Internet infrastructure is essential for consumers, businesses and governments to perform vital tasks online,” said Ken Silva, Chief Security Officer of VeriSign. “Spyware, viruses and other increasingly sophisticated security threats have the potential to negatively impact e-commerce and the user confidence needed for its growth. We are pleased to lend our support to whose research and analysis, web site clearing house and reports provide a valuable service in educating consumers about the threats of badware.”

Launched in January 2006, serves as a central resource to help educate people about badware and spotlight those companies and websites that embed these programs into downloadable software applications and Internet code. Users can visit to check whether programs they want to download are infected with badware and alert others to programs they have encountered that include malicious software such as spyware, incessant pop-up ads, or other obtrusive programs.

In addition to its in-depth software application reports and web site quick reports, has also developed a web site clearing house containing over 220,000 identified URLs, currently identified through Google, that host, link to, or distribute badware. Utilizing this database, has broadened its education outreach to consumers by shedding light on specific web sites and URLs that can infect an Internet user’s computer, just by visiting a site. As with its reports, users can search the clearinghouse database by visiting the web site.

About is a nonprofit consumer protection initiative working to combat badware and 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 Google, Lenovo, Paypal, Sun Microsystems, and VeriSign. For more information, please visit

About PayPal

PayPal is the safer, easier way to pay and get paid online. The service allows anyone to pay without sharing financial information and gives consumers the flexibility to pay in any way they prefer, including through credit cards, bank accounts or account balances. With more than 153 million accounts in 190 markets and 17 currencies around the world, PayPal enables global ecommerce. PayPal is an eBay company. More information about the company can be found at

About VeriSign

VeriSign, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRSN), operates digital infrastructure services that enable and protect billions of interactions every day across the world’s voice, video and data networks. Additional news and information about the company is available at