StopBadware shutting down community forum

Posted on February 24, 2015 - 13:43 by ccondon

It's been nearly six years to the day since StopBadware and its partners launched, our community platform for those who wanted to learn about and prevent badware. Over the years, the forum has helped thousands of website owners clean up hacked websites. Dozens of security experts have volunteered their time and talent to examine compromised sites, offer advice, and guide users to the best security resources for their needs. BadwareBusters has been exactly what it was intended to be when it launched in 2009: a place for our community to define its own needs, share stories, and learn from each other's experiences. 

At the end of this month, StopBadware will be shutting down the forum. We're terribly proud of all that our community has accomplished these past six years; we don't take lightly the decision to close up shop, but limited resources mean StopBadware is no longer able to maintain the forum in a way that's fair and productive for users. 

We're confident those seeking help with hacked sites and malware cleanup can find what they're searching for in places such as Google's malware forum, Bleeping Computer's forums, or Stack Exchange's community Q&As. StopBadware's hacked sites resources section also has useful tools and tutorials on finding and removing website malware, and longtime BadwareBusters moderator RedLeg maintains a gem of a site on website cleanup. 

Thanks for your participation and your wisdom. Keep learning.

Announcing StopBadware Stories

StopBadware announced today the launch of StopBadware Stories, a project to collect and share stories about the effects of badware on people’s lives. The project is part of an effort to raise awareness of badware as a problem that affects, and is affected by, individual Internet users.

StopBadware Stories is an extension of our online community. The site now allows users to submit stories combining text, images, and video. Visitors can browse, rate, comment on, and share each others’ stories. Authors are asked to agree to a Creative Commons license that allows their stories to be remixed, reused, or redistributed for non-commercial use.

Have you had an experience with badware that you would like to share? Or would you just like to read others' stories? Check out the site at Want to keep posted as new stories are added? Subscribe to the RSS feed.

[Edit 4/22: Fixed broken link.] platform now open source

A couple years ago, we started building a new web platform to serve as the basis for our online community site. One goal of the platform was to be easy to use for computer novices, while incorporating more advanced features for power users. Equally important was a goal of making it easy for someone to ask a question and for everyone else to easily see the most valuable responses and the most helpful users. Finally, we wanted the design of the site to facilitate the organic growth of a community organized around a particular interest.

The platform, which we named LittleVoice, is now in use by both and by our sister project here at Berkman, Herdict, for their discussion board. While we're not sure we've fully realized the goals described above just yet, we think the platform is off to a good start. That's why we've decided to release the code as open source and post it on github, where anyone can take advantage of the initial release and/or contribute to making the product better. StopBadware's lead developer, Brandon Palmen, will be coordinating releases. Here are a few ways you can help:

If you decide to use LittleVoice for your own online community, please let us know (feel free to add it directly to the wiki).