The Pwnie “Most Epic Fail” award: the award that Sony did not want to win.
Last Wednesday, the “Most Epic Fail” award was given to Sony at this year’s Pwnie Awards, which was held at the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas.
According to the event organizers, the Pwnies (security researchers’ equivalent to the Oscars) honor “the achievements and failures of security researchers and the security community” every year. Award winners receive My Little Pony trophies, which are spray painted in gold and has a purple mane. Not all winners come and collect their award, though.
This year, Sony shut down its PlayStation Network service for one month after it was attacked by hack group LulzSec. Lulzsec infiltrated the system and left with the personal information of more than 70 million users.
Other companies that were nominated for the award include Sony, Sony, Sony and Sony.
“After Fail0verflow and GeoHot published how to jailbreak the PS3, Sony got a bit miffed,” said one of the nominations. “Apparently unfamiliar with how the Internet works and how difficult it is to remove the piss from a swimming pool, Sony proceeded to try erase the information from the Internet and sue GeoHot et al. into oblivion. Needless to say, this was about as successful as the MiniDisc.”
According to the event’s organizers, nobody went onstage to accept the awards. A complete list of Pwnie award winners can be seen in its official website.
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