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The annual hacker awards show, "Pwnies" is burning up the blogosphere.  (Source: Black Hat)

GeoHot's rap outburst against Sony is among the nominees for best song.  (Source: YouTube)
Held at Black Hat, the awards celebrate security security expertise, incompetence

Hackers are gearing up for the annual Black Hat convention next month in Las Vegas, Nevada, and already one of the hottest topics is the annual "Pwnie" awards.

Inspired by awards programs like Grammies and the Academy Awards Show, the "Pwnies" celebrate both security super skills and horrific incompetence.  They are voted on by professionals in the field of information security -- most of which would be called "grey" or "white" hat hackers.

The awards will be held August 3 and winners, as usual, will receive a painted gold My Little Pony -- a phonetic play on the internet slang "pwn" for being made a fool of  (getting "owned on").  "Pwnie" and "pony" are homophones.

Returning categories this year include:
  • Best Server-Side Bug
  • Best Client-Side Bug
  • Best Privilege Escalation Bug
  • Most Innovative Research
  • Lamest Vendor Response
  • Best Song
  • Most Epic FAIL
The "Most Epic 0wnage" category has been add, as well.  Competitors include the prolific LulzSec who hacked Sony Corp. (TYO:6758) and others [1][2][3][4][5][6][7] [8][9][10][11][12][13][14][15] earlier this year and Bradley Manning/Wikileaks who raised an international ruckus by publishing U.S. State Department and Department of Defense secrets [1][2][3][4][5].

Speaking of Sony, the company has been nominated multiple times for the "Epic FAIL" award.  In fact, it's this year's only listed nominee.

One of the best song nominations -- George "GeoHot" Hotz's rap ditty "The Light It Up Contest" [video] -- is also Sony related.  The song was written in response to Sony's lawsuit against GeoHot for jailbreaking the PS3.  

It contains such gems as:
I shed a tear everytime I think of Lik Sang
But shit man, they're a corporation
And I'm a personification of freedom for all
You fill dockets, like thats a concept foreign to y'all
While lawyers muddy water and TROs stall
Out of business is jail for me
And you're suing me civilly.

Exhibit this in the courtroom
Go on, do it, I dare you.
Sony eventually settled with GeoHot.

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We need to be able to vote
By Mitch101 on 7/27/2011 10:00:07 PM , Rating: 5
Lamest Vendor Response - YOUR HOLDING IT WRONG - APPLE

RE: We need to be able to vote
By icanhascpu on 7/28/2011 12:06:54 AM , Rating: 2

RE: We need to be able to vote
By amanojaku on 7/28/2011 1:29:05 AM , Rating: 5
It's not a quote about security, but it's still a lame response. It's right up there with a bunch of other lame responses, like this:

If he didn't want to help her he never should have responded. And all she needed was a quote, from ANYONE in Apple's PR department, that would have made Apple look good. PR/Marketing departments always have ready-made quotes to pass around. It's their job! Instead, Jobs just proves how much of a prick he is, along with the rest of the PR group.

Speaking of which, it's too bad there isn't a pwnie for the most epic quote.
“You should never forget that Steve Jobs is an obsessive compulsive sociopath who is partly on the side of evil. It’s a good thing he found Silicon Valley, because heaven knows what he might have done somewhere else.”

Michael Jennings

RE: We need to be able to vote
By HolgerDK on 7/28/2011 6:35:15 AM , Rating: 2
Worth a 6.

"And boy have we patented it!" -- Steve Jobs, Macworld 2007

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