Shmooganography is back for another iteration of hiding messages at the con, sponsored this year by Praxis Engineering. For the n00bies, Shmooganography is an implementation of steganography, which is the art of hiding messages “in plain sight,” such as using invisible ink that’s revealed under a blacklight or embedding an image within an image.

This year, you will help Tony Shmark fight Hydra’s l337 hackers as they attempt to overtake the con. As agents of Skilled Hackers Manipulating Offensive Objects (S.H.M.O.O.), you will use your steg skills to find <stego word=”hidden” /> clues across five stages of the con battlespace. Don’t worry if you get stumped: clues will be released throughout the weekend. Someone will take home the trophy (and money) and it could be you! Also, the first to solve and report each stage will win a small prize! While you wait for the call, assemble your avenging team and “rather very intelligence systems” – an arc reactor-equipped suit might help. 

Check your program and http://www.shmooganography.org for more details when you arrive at Shmoocon!