The Black Hat conference is a great place to go if you want to learn how to, say, hack an insulin pump or get around the traffic-shaping practices of your ISP. But Black Hat's about more than a sharing of ideas; it's also a time of celebration. Well, maybe not if you're one of the companies who win one of those non-coveted Pwnie awards, but for everybody else, at least. Can you guess who won the Pwnie for the Most Epic Fail of the past year? C'mon, sure you can.
Yeah, you're right. Sony won the award in a landslide! In fact, after watching the PlayStation Network burn down and continue smoldering for close to a month, TG Daily reports that no other company was even up for the award. All five nomination slots went directly to Sony. Unsurprisingly, nobody from Sony stepped forward to claim the award.
They hand out Pwnies for other things, too: Yahoo! News reports that the Iranian nuclear program-halting Stuxnet – which got mentioned in one of our features yesterday – won the Pwnie for Epic Ownage, pulling ahead of a fierce group of nominees that included Anonymous, Lulzsec and Bradley Manning of Wikileaks fame. RSA won the Pwnie for Lamest Vendor Response after they told their customers that it wasn't a big deal that their SecurID tokens were compromised. Famous iPhone and PS3 hacker Geohot won the Pwnie for Best Song for the rap he posted on YouTube after finding out he was being sued by Sony. Check it out if you want.
The awards were unveiled on August third; you can check out a more complete list of winners on the Pwnies website.