The word “doxing” is an abbreviation for “dropping documents (dox).” It refers to a hacker or other malicious actor who researches another person or organization and then publishes his findings without permission. Over the last few years, we have seen how influencers, politicians, and celebrities get doxed. They are high-profile targets, of course, but anybody can become a doxing victim.
The specific information that a perpetrator chooses to publish depends on their goals. For example, it can go from home address to contact or banking information.
This article will explain in full detail what doxing is and how it happens. Understanding it will help you protect yourself successfully. As often happens with digital security, awareness is the first defense line.
So, how does doxing work?
Doxing (also “doxxing”) is a malicious act performed by an actor who aims to expose somebody else’s identity or digital activities to somebody who would remain anonymous and private instead. It’s all about harassment and/or humiliation.