IT Security & Network Security News & Reviews: Hackers Celebrate Security Exploits, Failures, Successes at 2011 Pwnie Awards

By Fahmida Y. Rashid  |  Posted 2011-08-05 Print this article Print
The Pwnie

The Pwnie

Pwnie is pronounced "pony," a form of hacker slang where 'pwn' means the hacker has penetrated and compromised your computer, meaning that you have been pwned. The winners receive a My Little Pony "statuette" painted gold.
At Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas, hackers with hats of all colors—black, white and gray—all gather to celebrate the year's most spectacular failures and exciting bug discoveries at the Pwnie Awards. The various categories recognize individuals, businesses, malware and its discoverers that have dominated security headlines from July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2010. While Sony may have the lock on the Most Epic FAIL category, the Most Epic 0wnage category is up for grabs. Regardless of who wins, attendees will be wondering who will accept the gold-painted My Little Pony prize. Will LulzSec or Anonymous send a representative? Bradley Manning is in custody. Will there be a WikiLeaks employee? Who will take the credit for Stuxnet? While major firms are being named for their security failures, the bulk of the awards go to security researchers recognizing their hard work identifying vulnerabilities and publicizing them. Below are the nominees for each category and the eventual winner as announced at the Pwnie Awards in Las Vegas on Aug. 3.

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