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Snowden picks up 'Epic 0wnage' gong in Vegas... well, not literally
From: InfoSec News <alerts () infosecnews org>
Date: Fri, 2 Aug 2013 13:01:41 +0000 (UTC)

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/08/02/pwnie_awards/

By John Leyden
The Register
2nd August 2013

Security researcher Barnaby Jack, famous for his "jackpot" hack on ATMs, which forced them to spit out cash, has won a lifetime achievement award less than a week after his death.

The honour was announced yesterday at the Pwnie awards, Infosec's equivalent to the Oscars.

Jack, 35, died last Thursday just days before he was due to give a talk on electronic medical implants for humans at Black Hat. The slot at the Las Vegas conference was left open, allowing friends and colleagues to gather together and swap anecdotes about the famed white hat hacker.

Chris Valasek, director of security intelligence at IOActive – where Jack had worked as director of embedded device security – paid tribute to the famed ATM and medical device ethical hacker during the award ceremony.

Friends of Barnaby Jack have set up a fund which aims to raise $25,000, with donations thus far topping $13,000. "While there are no words to ever fully capture the man that Barnaby was, this fund is here to address any needs that the family may have and allow them to choose the way in which they feel best honors their beloved son," a statement on the donation page explains.

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