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  • The name "Pwnie Awards" comes from "pwning" or "owning," popular slang among grey and black hat computer hackers who show off their skills by taking control of, or disrupting, networks. News Parmy Olson 2011

  • "If somebody from LulzSec or Anonymous decides to show up and accept their Pwnie, we will give it to them," he said.

    Reuters: Top News 2011

  • "They got hacked, their SecurID tokens were totally compromised, and they basically passed it off as a non-event… until Lockheed-Martin got attacked because of them," the Pwnie rootkit destroy? News Parmy Olson 2011

  • It was the one award Sony didn't want to win this year: the Pwnie award for "Most Epic Fail." News Parmy Olson 2011

  • Meder Kydyraliev received the 2010 Best Server-Side Bug Pwnie Award for discovering a critical vulnerability in the Apache Struts2 framework, which allowed for the execution of arbitrary Java code by sending a specially-crafted HTTP request.

    Softpedia News - Global 2010

  • The winners of the 2010 Pwnie Awards were announced yesterday at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas.

    Softpedia News - Global 2010

  • The "winners" of Pwnie awards are due to be announced at BlackHat USA security conference on July 28, 2010. articles 2010

  • Dionysus Blazakis received the Most Innovative Research Pwnie for his innovative Flash pointer inference and JIT spraying technique.

    Softpedia News - Global 2010

  • I nominated Tavis Ormandy for "Most Epic FAIL" but it did not get shortlisted, probably because Pwnie awards is biased because all of the judges carry out the same questionable activity as he does. articles 2010

  • Pwnie Awards 2010 should be condemned by the security community andrew. wallac posted on Sunday, July 25, 2010 3: 44 AM articles 2010


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  • It's a hacking award - related to the DEFCON and Blackhat conferences and Infosec.

    "Security researcher Barnaby Jack, famous for his "jackpot" hack on ATMs, which forced them to spit out cash, has won a lifetime achievement award less than a week after his death.

    The honour was announced yesterday at the Pwnie awards, Infosec's equivalent to the Oscars."

    August 3, 2013