Activists come of age at 'Oscars' for hackers

  Winners get a golden My Little Pony figurine
While the Pwnies may be tongue-in-cheek, the awards represent a serious attempt to acknowledge the people and events that have made the biggest impact on the hacking community over the past year.
 

While the Pwnies may be tongue-in-cheek, the awards represent a serious attempt to acknowledge the people and events that have made the biggest impact on the hacking community over the past year.

Photograph by: Thomas Peter, Getty Images

BOSTON- The computer hacking community is gearing up for its own version of the annual Oscars, with two notorious “hacktivist” groups and industry heavyweight WikiLeaks among those vying for the top award.

Sony Corp and EMC Corp’s RSA Security division will also be recognized at next week’s award ceremony, for the dubious distinction of having fallen victim to hackers.

While the Pwnies may be tongue-in-cheek, the awards represent a serious attempt to acknowledge the people and events that have made the biggest impact on the hacking community over the past year, said Dino Dai Zovi, one of the organizers of the event.

He is one of several Pwnies judges who will pick the winners from a list of candidates nominated through the organization’s website. (http://pwnies.com/nominations/)

Pwnies is pronounced like “ponies” and refers to the hacking slang term Pwned, which means “owned” or controlled by a hacker.

Winners will receive a Hasbro Inc”My Little Pony” figurine, painted gold, at a ceremony on Aug. 3 during the Black Hat hacking conference in Las Vegas.

Hacktivists Lulz Security and Anonymous are among those nominated for “Epic 0wnage” - delivering the most damaging, widely publicized, or hilarious hack of the past year.

Both groups are wanted by cyber police around the globe.

LulzSec is nominated for “hacking everyone,” according to the Pwnies website. Victims include Fox News, Nintendo, the NHS, the U.S. Senate and the CIA.

Anonymous was nominated for hacking into the email accounts of security firm HBGary Federal, then publishing the emails of its executives on the Web.

They are competing with the virus Stuxnet, which security experts say was designed to attack an nuclear enrichment facility in Iran.

The other nominee in the category is the team of WikiLeaks, for publishing thousands of secret U.S. government cables, and Bradley Manning, the U.S. Army soldier who allegedly stole the material from classified computers.

Should one of the secret hacker groups win the award, then organizers will invite a representative up to the podium to claim their pony, said Alex Sotirov, another organizer.

“If somebody from LulzSec or Anonymous decides to show up and accept their Pwnie, we will give it to them,” he said. “But they will probably get arrested.”

Sony is the sole nominee in the category “Most Epic Fail,” so it is guaranteed to win the award after falling victim to a series of high-profile hacks, which resulted in the theft of personal data on more than 100 million customers.

RSA Security is the highest-profile nominee in the category of “Lamest Vendor Response.”

It was criticized for its handling of an attack on its network that resulted in the theft of data related to its SecurID technology, which companies use to confirm the identity of network users.

Hackers used the information they stole from RSA to launch a subsequent attack on contractor Lockheed Martin Corp.

Views: 61

Comment

You need to be a member of 12160 Social Network to add comments!

Join 12160 Social Network

"Destroying the New World Order"

THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING THE SITE!

mobile page

12160.info/m

12160 Administrators

 

TOP CONTENT THIS WEEK

Latest Activity

cheeki kea favorited Aaron's video
27 minutes ago
cheeki kea commented on cheeki kea's photo
Thumbnail

Don't kill Bird

"Did not kill Bird, the government did ."
1 hour ago
cheeki kea posted a photo
1 hour ago
cheeki kea favorited MAC's photo
1 hour ago
Phyllis Maka posted blog posts
3 hours ago
James Roberts posted a photo

Grim Reaper Straight Razor

Back in my late teens / early 20s, a straight razor was my signature personal "defense" weapon. It…
6 hours ago
Guardian of Scotland posted a discussion

More fuel for the fire and evidence of a pre planned situation in regard to COVID.

Snopes tried to debunk it. Mural from 1995 of people wearing masks and titled as fight agains…See More
7 hours ago
Mr. Sizzle favorited James Roberts's photo
8 hours ago
James Roberts left a comment for Todd Hinote
8 hours ago
James Roberts replied to MAC's discussion BREAKING: Thousands of guillotines pre-positioned across America for left-wing terrorists to execute conservatives, Christians and Whites in the unfolding CIVIL WAR
"It's OK, MAC. There are definitely situations when one doesn't get to have documentation,…"
8 hours ago
James Roberts commented on Robert Royster's status
"I've been there, brother. Only thing harder is swing shift, or working 7 days / week."
9 hours ago
James Roberts replied to MAC's discussion BREAKING: Thousands of guillotines pre-positioned across America for left-wing terrorists to execute conservatives, Christians and Whites in the unfolding CIVIL WAR
"If I had my choice, it would be a SIG Sturmgewehr (STG) 57. It is not really an assault rifle, as…"
9 hours ago
Bud Parker left a comment for Todd Hinote
"Hi Todd.  Glad you made it.  Spend a little time exploring around 12160 until you get…"
9 hours ago
Robert Royster posted a status
"I'd like to say "Thanks", for the welcome messages. Working nights so I'm limited for time until the weekend rolls around."
9 hours ago
JoeG favorited Phyllis Maka's blog post BLACK GUY IN TORONTO BUSTS COPS FOR PLACING ROCKS AHEAD OF PROTESTS Jim Stone
9 hours ago
Phyllis Maka and Bud Parker are now friends
10 hours ago
MAC replied to MAC's discussion BREAKING: Thousands of guillotines pre-positioned across America for left-wing terrorists to execute conservatives, Christians and Whites in the unfolding CIVIL WAR
"I got zip!"
11 hours ago
steve replied to MAC's discussion BREAKING: Thousands of guillotines pre-positioned across America for left-wing terrorists to execute conservatives, Christians and Whites in the unfolding CIVIL WAR
"mAC hOW THE HELL DID WE GET FROM show some fkn pictures of these imaginary gill o tineS to the six…"
11 hours ago
Chris of the family Masters favorited Mr. Sizzle's video
11 hours ago
Chris of the family Masters posted a blog post

Osteoporosis Is Scurvy of the Bone, Not Calcium Deficiency

Posted on:Sunday, November 4th 2018 at 5:00 amWritten By:…See More
11 hours ago

© 2020   Created by truth.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service

content and site copyright 12160.info 2007-2019 - all rights reserved. unless otherwise noted