Shmooganography is back for its 14th year.... (that's right FOURTEEN YEARS) of hiding messages at the con, sponsored again by Praxis Engineering. For the n00bies, Shmooganography is an implementation from 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. The challenge is simple; find the hidden messages around the con. The messages are not encrypted, but they are not obvious either. We use various steganographic techniques - some off the shelf and some home-rolled.|
For the seventh year, Praxis Engineering is sponsoring this challenge. There will be small prizes given to the first person (or team) who solves stages 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5. The person or team who conquers all five levels and guess the message related to the CODEWORDs first wins the top prize of $500 (and we mean those crisp $100 bills - not those cheesy plastic gift card crap.)
If you are still reading, then you must be interested in winning the cash. Perfect. Here are your instructions... Your mission: Help Tony Shmark fight Hydra's... Find the Stargate and... Help Mario and Luigi... Marty ShmooFly: Fix that digital flux capacitor and get Back to the Future, but do so without disrupting current events, or you might erase yourself from history forever! You will use your steg skills to traverse five stages in this digital historical timeline weaving through the past. Luckily, you brought all of your current hacking tools with you from 2019. Remember, the secret codes and clues are ! Don't worry if things get heavy: clues will be released throughout the weekend. Someone will take home the trophy (and money) and it could be you!
SO -- DO YOU WANT TO PLAY to win $500 in Cold Hard Cash!?!? Register your team now!!
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register your team!
Your first clue to stage 1: It's SHMOOTIME. Equip your DeLorean located on the con floor.