Pwnie Awards 2013
About the awards

The Pwnie Awards is an annual awards ceremony celebrating the achievements and failures of security researchers and the security community.

The awards are given out once an year. The sevent annual ceremony will take place on Jul 31st, 2013 in Las Vegas at the BlackHat USA security conference.

Award categories

In 2013 there will be eight award categories:

  • Pwnie for Best Server-Side Bug
  • Pwnie for Best Client-Side Bug
  • Pwnie for Best Privilege Escalation Bug
  • Pwnie for Most Innovative Research
  • Pwnie for Lamest Vendor Response
  • Pwnie for Best Song
  • Pwnie for Most Epic FAIL
  • Pwnie for Epic Ownage


The Pwnie Awards will accept nominations for bugs disclosed over the last year, from July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013.

Nominations will be accepted until July 19. The top five nominees in each category will be announced on the website and the judges will gather at an undisclosed location to vote on the winners. The judges are of course disqualified from winning any Pwnie awards.


The Pwnie Award nominations will be judged by a panel of respected security researchers - the closest to a jury of peers a hacker is likely to ever get.

  • Alex Sotirov
  • Dino Dai Zovi
  • Mark Dowd
  • HD Moore
  • Brandon Edwards
  • Justine Aitel
  • Chris Valasek

The Pwnie Awards thank Jeff Moss and BlackHat for providing a venue for the awards ceremony. Please enquire below for other sponsorship opportunities, but keep in mind that sponsoring the awards will have no influence of the judges.

Contact us

To contact the Pwnie Awards organizers, email us at

The list of nominees is announced.
The winners were announced at an awards ceremony at the BlackHat USA conference.
Awards Ceremony
when 6:30pm, Wed, Jul 31st 2013
where Blackhat USA conference, AUGUSTUS III+IV Ballroom, Caeser's Palace, Las Vegas