What is Doxxing?

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Overview:

In recent, doxxing incidents are increasing over the internet across the globe.

About Doxxing

  • The word “doxxing” is derived from “dropping dox”.
  • It is a form of online harassment involving the publication of personal information about an individual without their consent.
  • This information can include details such as their full name, home address, telephone number, place of work, and other sensitive information.
  • Doxxing is often carried out to expose, threaten, or intimidate someone and can lead to severe consequences, such as physical harm, stalking, or loss of employment.
  • Such information is usually obtained through illegal methods such as hacking or theft.

How to prevent?

  • Use strong passwords that are not repeated across platforms, and set up multi-factor authentication where possible.
  • Avoid posting photos that reveal your neighbourhood, house facade, house keys, identifiable landmarks etc.
  • Reporting through the National Cyber Crime Reporting Portal online etc.

 Q1: What is hacking?

Hacking (also called cyber hacking) is the use of unconventional or illicit means to gain unauthorized access to a digital device, computer system or computer network.

Source: What is Doxxing and what can you do if it happens to you?