Black Hat ‘Pwnie’ award for ‘Most Overhyped Bug’ goes to David Maynor for so-called ‘MacBook Hijack’

At the Black Hat USA 2007 conference in Las Vegas today, the first ever “Pwnie” awards were doled out, including the award for “Most Overhyped Bug.”

Ryan Naraine reports for ZDNet, “The controversial MacBook Wi-Fi vulnerabilities released by David Maynor at last year’s Black Hat took this dubious award. ‘In the end, the only public information about Maynor’s Wi-Fi vulnerabilities are hype, denial, a media frenzy, and a patch that may or may not have been based on Maynor’s findings,’ the judges said.”

More here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Steve” for the heads up.]
Hopefully, if there’s any justice in this world, his prize was a stab in the eye with a lit cigarette.


  1. Here’s Maynor’s newest gig or bug. Macworld UK and the rest of the world need to be warned about this idiot. Check out Macworld UK the article headlined “WiFi could pose Web 2.0 data risk, researchers warn”
    Here’s a little.

    “Users who access Google’s Gmail or the Facebook social-networking site over WiFi could put their accounts at risk of being hijacked, according to research from Errata Security, a computer security company.

    It’s not just those sites but any rich web applications that exchange account information with users, including blogging sites such as Blogspot or even software-as-a-service offerings such as, that could pose a risk for users, wrote Errata’s Robert Graham, CEO, and David Maynor, chief technology officer, in a paper.”

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