Doxing (spelling variant Doxxing) is an abbreviation of document tracing, the Internet-based practice of researching and publishing personally identifiable information about an individual. The methods employed in pursuit of this information range from searching publicly available databases and social media websites like Facebook to hacking and social engineering. It is closely related to cyber-vigilantism, hacktivism, and cyber-bullying.
Doxware is a cryptovirology attack invented by Adam Young and further developed with Moti Yung that carries out doxing extortion via malware. It was first presented at West Point in 2003. The attack is rooted in game theory and was originally dubbed “non-zero sum games and survivable malware
What is Doxing?
Social Networking Websites:
Reverse Cell Phone Lookup:
Why Would Anyone Want to Perform Doxing?
What are the Consequences of Doxing?
Steps to Protect Yourself from Doxing:
- Full name
- Age, gender, and date of birth
- Location and place of birth
- Email addresses and username
- Phone number
- Social networking profiles, websites, and blogs