…and What is Pwned?
The word Pwned is actually a corruption of the word “Owned.”
It originated in an online game called Warcraft, where a map designer misspelled “owned.”
When the computer beat a player, it was supposed to say, so-and-so “has been owned.”
Instead, it said, so-and-so “has been pwned.”
It basically means “to own” or to be dominated by an opponent or situation, especially by some god-like or computer-like force.
“Man, I rock at my job, but I still got a bad evaluation. I was pwned.”
“That team totally pwned us.”
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It is also from leetspeak slang.
Pwn is a term derived from the verb own, as meaning to appropriate or to conquer to gain ownership.
“You just got pwned!”
Since it is normally in a text form, the pronunciation is fairly vague.
What does this have to do with me? Maybe a great deal.
Because of compromised websites and computers, your personal info, including passwords, may be readily available
Surprising as it seems, hackers buy and sell this information.
Yeah, I know right!
Sometimes they freely share it in a data “dump”.
One place to check if your email and information has been shared publicly is a site called:
Or Have I Been Pwned?
Just enter your email address and you will see, as I did, any sites that have been compromised and your information shared.
My info was available because of a breach at Adobe.com
Click on the image above and go check you email address.