Pwnie Award Nominees 2009

The Pwnie Awards are an annual event at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas. They award the Golden Pwnie in a variety of categories: mass 0wnage, most innovative research, most overhyped bug, most epic FAIL, and our favorite: Best Song. Embedded above is [Paco Hope]‘s 50 Ways to Inject Your SQL. While a strong entry, it doesn’t touch last year’s winner Kaspersky & Me: “Packin’ The K!”.


  1. Xeracy says:

    The nerdcore scene is populated with some shitty one-hit-wonderWhyTheyPostedIt’s like those. Its too bad for some serious artists who are trying to hold down a personal style for a genre, when there are weird-al-esque parodies that get thrown into the mix. Im not saying any nerdcore rappers are necessarily vying for the pwnie, but their music is more amiable than this crap.

    Just my 2cents.

  2. anonymous says:

    @xeracy Is anyone saying that nerdcore rappers aren’t better than the nominees? I think you are missing the point that all the entries are people in security industry. Not actual people trying to make music seriously. Its just an inside joke in our industry…

  3. xrazorwirex says:

    Oh god – he should have found a buddy that could sing it for him..

  4. BiOzZ says:

    im tampering this post

  5. TJHooker says:

    This is actually kinda noobish. You’ll never see anything not mentioned on security focus or some social site.

    Security focus and secunia are usually months, or in cases of such as rootkit development and reversing, years behind. Rustock.c was in the wild 2 years before av vendors and security sites figured it out, and the whole time people where talking about it on irc and a couple forums.

  6. sunjester says:

    yea… i don’t think so nice try.

  7. Josh Malone says:

    Hi Paco! Nice to see you’re up to fun stuff still. Good luck at the pwnies – but seriously, stick to code man :)

  8. Josh Malone says:

    ….good lyrics, though

  9. Brad says:


    ‘nerdcore’ and ‘serious artist’ should never be used in the same paragraph.

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