Pwnie Awards announced

By: Jonathan Bennett

The annual Black Hat Pwnie Awards, which honor the biggest achievements and failures in the security world, were recently announced. The security software company broke down who ruled the web this year and who got hacked.

PC Magazine reports the Epic Fail Award went to F5 Networks, as it was discovered in June that the program had included a SSH private authentication key in the firmware, allowing members to log in as root users. Best Client Side Bug was a tie with Pinkie Pie and Sergey Glazunov for successfully taking down Google Chrome. Pie used six bugs to overpower the site, while Glazunov used 14 bugs. The Best Song win went to “Control” by rapper Dual Core, The song discusses the hype surrounded social engineering.

The Pwnie Awards official website reports the awards are given out annually to the best and worst in security software. The awards ceremony on July 25 was the sixth and took place in Las Vega at the BlackHat USA security conference. Judges are compiled of a panel of “respected security researchers,” including Mark Dowd, Dino Dai Zovi, HD Moore, Dave Aitel, Halvar Flake and Alexander Sotirov.