Coalition Against Stalkerware Named J.D. Falk Award Winner for Raising Awareness About and Helping Victims of Malicious Spying Apps

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San Francisco—The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is thrilled to announce that the Coalition Against Stalkerware, co-founded by Cybersecurity Director Eva Galperin and leading antivirus companies and victim support groups, has received the J.D. Falk Award for its work raising awareness, increasing detection, and combating the spread of malware used for stalking and intimate partner abuse.

The award is being presented today by the Messaging, Malware and Mobile Anti-Abuse Working Group (M3AAWG), a global industry organization working against internet abuses including botnets, malware, spam, viruses, DDoS attacks and other online exploitation. The award honors the work of one of M3AAWG’s founding members J.D. Falk, an antispam and email security pioneer. It recognizes individuals and organizations improving the internet experience and protecting end users.

The Coalition Against Stalkerware was created in 2019 by ten founding partners in response to the growing threat of commercially available apps and devices that enable someone to covertly spy on another person’s electronic devices. Stalkerware enables abusers to remotely monitor victims’ web searches,

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