It was Sony who stole the Black Hat pwnie awards, with all five pwnie nominations for ‘most epic fail' scooping awards.
A total of nine awards were due to be presented in categories including most innovative research, most epic fail and ‘lamest vendor response'.
The wins were for erasing PS3 jailbreak information after it was published online, failing to protect between 25 to 77 million user account details, LulzSec's ‘sownage' campaign, shutting down their PlayStation Network and laying off a significant number of its network security team.
The pwnie for epic 0wnage, given to the hackers responsible for delivering the ‘most damaging, widely publicised or hilarious 0wnage', went to Stuxnet. The pwnies said: “How many centrifuges did your rootkit destroy? How many national nuclear programs did your worm disrupt? How many zero-day exploits and rootkits for equipment, that no one you have ever heard of, have you written? Exactly.”
Among the bug gongs, the award for Best Privilege Escalation Bug went to Tarjei Mandt for ‘Windows kernel win32k user-mode callback vulnerabilities' (MS11-034) which Microsoft patched in April 2011.
The pwnies said: “In the span of a few months, Tarjei found more than 40 vulnerabilities in the Windows kernel. In his presentation at Infiltrate 2011, he described the details of these vulnerabilities and his kernel exploitation techniques.”
The pwnie award for ‘lamest vendor response' went to RSA for its SecurID token compromise, which the pwnies said the company had ‘basically passed it off as a non-event and advised customers that replacing the tokens is not necessary, until Lockheed-Martin got attacked because of them.”