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Pwnie Awards 2013 Winners: Barnaby Jack, Edward Snowden, Hakin9, Evad3rs

samzenpus posted about a year ago | from the and-the-winner-is dept.

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hypnosec writes "Winners of the Pwnie Awards 2013 were announced at a special event during the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas. The highlight of the awards were Edward Snowden, Hakin9 and Barnaby Jack. Barnaby Jack was given posthumous Pwnie award for 'lifetime achievement' while Edward Snowden and the NSA were jointly given the award of 'Epic 0wnage'. Hakin9 on the other hand was awarded 'Most Epic FAIL'. Best Privilege Escalation Bug award went to David Wang aka planetbeing and the Evad3rs team."

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What a wonderful show (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44469605)

A show of truly epic proportions, of just how poor the state of the security industry really is. It's made up out of "1337 g4m3r k1dz" that cannot save the world from "p0wnage" if their lives depended on it.

NMAP didn't get EPIC FAIL! (4, Funny)

Jeremiah Cornelius (137) | about a year ago | (#44470187)

"Hacking9 Magazine" got Epic Fail award, for an article called: "Nmap: The Internet Considered Harmful - DARPA Inference Cheking Kludge Scanning"

It was a spoof paper, written to expose the CRAP editorial policy at Hacking9.

They were PWN3D by a whitepaper...

http://seclists.org/nmap-dev/2012/q3/1050 [seclists.org]

"They clearly chose that title so just so they could refer to it as DICKS throughout the paper. There is even an ASCII penis in the "sample output" section, but apparently none of this raised any flags from Hakin9's "review board"."

One of my favorite sentances (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44470651)

Obviously, event-driven modalities
and web browsers are based entirely on the assumption that extreme programming and digital-to-analog converters are not in
conflict with the deployment of massive multiplayer online role-playing games.

Only some kind of random generator could come up with such a load of crap ...

Re:One of my favorite sentances (1)

Xest (935314) | about a year ago | (#44475019)

Or an out-of-his-depth middle manager.

Re:One of my favorite sentances (1)

Yakasha (42321) | about a year ago | (#44479049)

Only some kind of random generator could come up with such a load of crap ...

Or an out-of-his-depth middle manager.

Score -1: redundant

Re:NMAP didn't get EPIC FAIL! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44470809)

"They clearly chose that title so just so they could refer to it as DICKS throughout the paper. There is even an ASCII penis in the "sample output" section, but apparently none of this raised any flags from Hakin9's "review board"."

The paper is chock full of bullshit, but really man... the "Pwnie" awards? Ever heard of Back Orifice?
Maybe you are just not familiar with this god-awful community.

You know how I know this paper was submitted by REAL "h@xors"?
Because it had

D.I.C.K.S.
and
8=====> ((

Re:NMAP didn't get EPIC FAIL! (2)

Connie_Lingus (317691) | about a year ago | (#44470827)

holy shit is that funny!

"Further, we removed a 7TB USB key from our highly- available cluster to consider our Xbox network."

i can just imagine the people at "Hacking9 Magazine" now saying..."hey, yeah of course we knew all along it was a joke...hahahah...what you thought we didn't (looks around nervously)?

why was nmap a fail? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44469625)

What happened with nmap they call it an epic fail?

Re: why was nmap a fail? (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44469745)

I was wondering that too. Turns out nmap didn't get the epic fail award:

http://seclists.org/nmap-dev/2012/q3/1050

Fucking hilarious in its own right, but even better considering the purpose of the joke paper was to point out the shortcomings of the journal's review process, and then /. frontpages a misquoted blurb about the paper.

Re: why was nmap a fail? (2)

gigne (990887) | about a year ago | (#44469817)

Indeed. I just finished following the breadcrumbs to this, and the joke paper is amazingly well done.

NMAP didn't get an epic fail. Hackin9 magazine got butt0wned by the nmap guys

Gold:

"NMAP requires root access in order to allow B-trees."

Re:why was nmap a fail? (2)

Desler (1608317) | about a year ago | (#44470085)

It wasn't. As others have said the guy who writes the Parity News spam blog is simply an idiot. Slashdot should really stop providing that site with pages hits since it's simply a site that regurgitates other articles and does so poorly.

You morons (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44469629)

Nmap didn't get the Pwnie for Most Epic FAIL. The Pwnie was awarded to Hackin9, which accepted and published an autogenerated article called "Nmap: The Internet Considered Harmful - DARPA Inference Cheking Kludge Scanning". Publishing bullshit without reading, questioning or understanding, now where have I seen that before? You fucking morons.

Re:You morons (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44469661)

Such anger. You should go to church today and repent.

Re:You morons (0)

K. S. Kyosuke (729550) | about a year ago | (#44469681)

I always repent of going to church.

Re:You morons (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44469703)

A better way to soothe my anger would be to remove the link to that stupid blog where that moronic statement originated, and to append a correction and an apology towards Nmap.

Re:You morons (0)

lxs (131946) | about a year ago | (#44470021)

Channel that anger towards the filthy heathen you mean? I like the way you're thinking. Can we burn witches an have another crusade as well? Can we?

Re:You morons (1)

K. S. Kyosuke (729550) | about a year ago | (#44469723)

Publishing bullshit without reading, questioning or understanding, now where have I seen that before

I'm quite sure they found the article polished enough for publication.

Check out the acronym (1)

Johnny Loves Linux (1147635) | about a year ago | (#44469851)

It's in the link above provided by anonymous coward, but just focus on the acronym for the title for the paper: DARPA Inference Cheking Kludge Scanning And you'll see the double down joke played on Hackin9.

You just insulted morons everywhere (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44469891)

Comparing them to Slashdot "editors", who are truly Thalidomide babies of the mind.

Re:You morons (1)

drolli (522659) | about a year ago | (#44471399)

If it was not slashdot, i would consider irony.

Nmap didn't fail, Hakin9 did (5, Informative)

WWWWolf (2428) | about a year ago | (#44469655)

Hakin9 is a magazine that's not exactly too reputable [attrition.org] .

It looks like someone took a paper "written" using SciGen [mit.edu] and submitted it to them [seclists.org] . Because they didn't read the paper at all, they didn't notice it was absolute bullshit courtesy of finest context-free grammars people could code.

Brilliant work - not only is SciGen great for busting less than reputable scientific publications that don't exactly value this "peer review" thing, but now it has busted security magazines too.

How is "pwnie" pronounced? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44469683)

How is "pwnie" pronounced?

Does it sound like "pawny", like in "pawn shop"?

Does it sound like "peeny", like in "penis"?

Does it sound like "piny", like in "sewing pin"?

Does it sound like "pony", as in a small horse?

Does it sound like "puny", as in tiny in size?

Does it sound like "pyny", like in "python"?

Does it sound like "pweenie", like in "weiner"?

Re: How is "pwnie" pronounced? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44469755)

"Pony", as in "my little pony can beat up your little pony."

Re: How is "pwnie" pronounced? (1)

mnemotronic (586021) | about a year ago | (#44469763)

O.M.G. $_s !!!

Re: How is "pwnie" pronounced? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44469829)

O.M.G. $_s !!!

Thanks! But now I got a follow-up question. :-(

How do you pronounce "$_s"?

Re: How is "pwnie" pronounced? (1)

JustOK (667959) | about a year ago | (#44470073)

ka-ching

Re:How is "pwnie" pronounced? (1)

K. S. Kyosuke (729550) | about a year ago | (#44469771)

It looks Welsh, which would make it something like "poonie".

Re: How is "pwnie" pronounced? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44476105)

Pony.

At least, that's how the partners pronounced it.

If you didn't rtfa (1)

MrL0G1C (867445) | about a year ago | (#44469805)

Quote:
"Edward Snowden's leak of NSA secrets was an epic example of the insider threat to information security, while his revalations convinced many that the entire Internet is thoroughly and epicly owned!"

Nicely put.

As for Nmaps Most Epic FAIL, anyone understand that?

Re:If you didn't rtfa (1)

MrL0G1C (867445) | about a year ago | (#44469815)

Never mind the nmap bit, 1st-ish post covered it.

Etymology of Pwned and Pwnie (1)

wjcofkc (964165) | about a year ago | (#44469845)

I have been curious for awhile: does the term pwned, and Pwnie award, stem at all from the "OMG Pink Ponies" April first slashdot gag from a few years ago? The Pwnie awards does show a pink pony on their front page. Or does the term predate all that?

Really just curious, hope this isn't too off topic.

Re:Etymology of Pwned and Pwnie (1)

oodaloop (1229816) | about a year ago | (#44469901)

The definition in Urban Dictionary [urbandictionary.com] covers it well.

Re:Etymology of Pwned and Pwnie (3, Funny)

cybernanga (921667) | about a year ago | (#44469905)

Long, long ago in the murky and misty history of the early internet, a young script kiddie, (most likely with an overinflated ego), tragically mistyped "Owned", probably due to having excessively greasy fingers, as is common with many basement-dwelling connoisseurs of junk-food.

Instead of "Owning" his opponent, he "Pwned" himself!

Word spread rapidly, generating much mirth in the community, and a meme was born.

Really? I thought it was just another leetism. (1)

Ungrounded Lightning (62228) | about a year ago | (#44474211)

Back in the days of netnews, store-and-forward email, private dialup BBSes, and a far lower proportion of script kiddies in cracker circles, there was concern that the government would be able to monitor (or already was monitoring) a larightrge amount of the Internet - netnews, mail, BBSes, etc., - and handle the volume by using keyword-searching software. (Snowden's recent revelations show their concerns were correct - through PERHAPS a bit early.) So some among the computer underground began obfuscating their text communications to try to stymie that approach to surveillance.

In addition to using slang (which, of course, would quickly be figured out), the approach was to distort the spelling of words in ways that (with a little effort) would be recognizable by a human eye but not by a straightforward word matcher. Misspellings (common, adjacent-key, adjacent-character substitution, etc.), homonyms, substitution of letters that looked similar, digits and punctuation for similar-looking letters (such as 3 for E, dyslexic style), building typewriter pictures of letters, etc. were typical. The idea was to pile distortion upon distortion until it was somewhat difficult to read, and constantly mutate the distortions, perhaps settling on a style but NOT on something that could be easily built into a pattern-matching.

Thus was born leet-speak (always, of course, spelled in its own form, such as "133t" or "I334".) Of course the constant-mutation was quickly lost in favor of more stable use of certain attractive forms, thus turning it into an ordinary slang and defeating the purpose.

At the time "owned" was already a slang term applied to systems which were cracked and controlled by a tacker, or the owner/operator of such systems. "pwned" falls right into the pattern on two rules: adjacent-key misspelling and "little p looks like little o" visual pattern matching. So I assumed, at the time, that it was just another instance of the form.

Now that does not say that it DIDN'T originate as an in-game typo that grew into an in-joke. But gaming and cracking circles have overlapped substantially since the breaking of early attempts at computer-game copy protection. So the two explanations are not in conflict:. A typo that fit right into the form would be immediately seized and used.

News Flash: Slashdot actually wins Most Epic FAIL (5, Funny)

Cyfun (667564) | about a year ago | (#44470057)

Turns out they took the award from Hackin9 and gave it to Slashdot for their beautifully ironic quality of editing.

Re:News Flash: Slashdot actually wins Most Epic FA (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44470521)

Slashdot is actually just summarizing the summary in "Parity News", which itself totally cocked up the 'epic fail' award.

5 Figure Day (-1, Offtopic)

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Browser pwnage competition? (1)

nuonguy (264254) | about a year ago | (#44470629)

Is this not the conference where they held a bake off to see which browsers and platforms withstood hacking attempts? I can't find any updates on their site about that.

Re:Browser pwnage competition? (2)

Lunix Nutcase (1092239) | about a year ago | (#44470741)

No. That is Pwn2Own.

Snowden's Award (1)

godel_56 (1287256) | about a year ago | (#44472623)

They could have made Edward Snowden's award posthumous as well, as his old life is pretty much over.
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