SoftLayer Sponsors StopBadware to Help Combat Malware

June 2, 2011 by · Comments Off on SoftLayer Sponsors StopBadware to Help Combat Malware 

Webmaster ToolboxDALLASSoftLayer® Technologies, the innovative Cloud, Dedicated, and Managed Hosting provider, today announced its sponsorship of the non-profit anti-malware organization StopBadware. Founded in 2006, StopBadware provides tools and resources that help website owners, Web hosting providers, end users, and URL blacklist operators fulfill their respective roles in defending the Web against badware. The organization’s services include:

  • Badware Website Clearinghouse
  • Independent review process
  • Tips for users and website owners
  • Community forum
  • Guidelines and definitions
  • Web hosting best practices
  • Aggregated data & badware trends
  • Reports and insights

“SoftLayer recently demonstrated their commitment to combating badware by supporting our best practices for Web hosting providers,” said Maxim Weinstein, Executive Director of StopBadware. “We’re excited they have elected to extend their support by becoming a StopBadware sponsor.”

“We are proud to sponsor StopBadware,” said Sean Charnock, Senior Vice President of Business Development for SoftLayer. “More than 22 million websites are hosted on SoftLayer’s infrastructure, making us one of the largest providers in the world. With such a reach, we believe it is our duty to strengthen efforts to protect the Internet for everyone.”

SoftLayer joins industry leaders Google, Mozilla, PayPal, and Verizon in supporting StopBadware, which last year spun off from Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society. Earlier this month, the organization released best practices that guide hosting providers in responding to malware reports. This report is available in full at Read more

StopBadware Releases Best Practices for Web Hosting Providers

March 16, 2011 by · Comments Off on StopBadware Releases Best Practices for Web Hosting Providers 

Hosting ToolboxCambridge, MA — StopBadware announced today the release of its Best Practices for Web Hosting Providers: Responding to Malware Reports, a set of high-level guidelines for hosting providers to follow upon receiving reports of malware on their networks. StopBadware’s best practices set universal expectations for the role of web hosting providers of all sizes in managing badware.

Malicious actors frequently create seemingly legitimate websites that contain or link to malware, or compromise established websites to infect those sites’ users. Security researchers regularly identify these sites on hosting providers’ networks and report them to providers. While some web hosting companies have regular procedures for responding to such abuse complaints, there’s a lack of consensus across the industry about the steps hosting providers should take once a malware report is received. This lack of common standards is compounded by the innate complexity of hosting environments. “When web hosting providers address reports of malware on their networks in a timely manner, they can greatly reduce the spread of badware,” said Maxim Weinstein, executive director of StopBadware. “StopBadware’s best practices aim to assist hosting providers by providing a clear, realistic framework that they can use to streamline response procedures and better protect users.” Read more