A couple of students who were involved with Harvard’s StopBadware project spoke at Shmoocon last year. It was a compelling presentation, focusing as much on education and communication as building data to support security tools.
It is heartening to read at The Register that the project has continued to grow to the point where Harvard has spun it out on its own.
Maxim Weinstein, StopBadware Inc’s executive director, said the project had evolved from acting as a clearing house for research on risks such as spyware to becoming a “mission-driven organisation” with a wider user education and lobbying remit, hence the decision to spin it away from Harvard.
Initial funding was supplied by Google, PayPal and Mozilla, all of whom no doubt stand to benefit by the projects new focus and its continuation.