Pwnie Awards 2017

The 2015 Pwnie Award For Lamest Vendor Response

“A Peek Under The Blue Coat”


The bluecoats are coming! The bluecoats are coming! … for your talk.

BlueCoat, the web proxy hardware of choice for silently intercepting and blocking SSL traffic, proved itself also quite capable at silently intercepting and blocking security research. Raphaël Rigo was to present his research on the internals of BlueCoat’s ProxySG operating system at SyScan this year, but BlueCoat blocked it. Well-known CISOs became enraged and refused spending their budget on them while security researchers on Twitter reacted more diplomatically.