What is Doxxing? Is It Legal or Illegal? Explained By Security Expert


Doxxing/Doxing: The Internet could be termed virtual for namesake but here risks are very much real.  The Internet has become our generation’s boon. At the same time cybercrime, privacy and online security became a serious fix. Be it mobiles, laptops or any electronic device, when connected to a network can be hacked and violated.  Hence we bring you our Security series to help you stay mindful online and tread carefully through this maze. Therefore, we plan to discuss Doxxing & let you know what is doxxing.

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What is Doxxing Definition?

As per the doxing/doxxing definition, this is the illegal online practice that is used to research and share or identifying information about an individual or organization.

We live in the internet era where everything we do and everywhere we go is traceable. Doxxing is an unethical cyber practice that exposes information of any person to the public while he/she would rather stay anonymous. It is unnerving to know that details in our day-to-day blogs, forums, games and social media are all susceptible to this risk. Thus doxxing often lead to victim changing their handles, phone numbers and mail ids.

Doxxing Legality

Before we know if doxxing is legal or illegal, it is important for you to understand it. The term Doxxing is a wordplay that refers to “documents” and “compiling“. Which in simple terms is making any individuals private information or data public?

In 2003, Adam Young developed a malware carrying Doxxing activity. Which means Doxxing is illegal.


Doxxing Question

  • How doxxing can be used for both good and bad purposes?
  • Does anonymity truly exist in the world of web with third-party data collectors, trolls and cyber criminals lurking around?
  • What role do our IP addresses play in identifying doxxing?
  • Is there something that we can do to protect ourselves with?
  • What are the important measures that we can take?

Who is Manjula Sridhar?

Manjula Sridhar is Co-founder of ArgByte, US Incorporated cyber security consulting firm. She is also an endurance athlete, volunteer and public speaker and coaches pre entrepreneurs. Moreover she researched and filed several patents and worked for Lucent and Bosch Telecom. Manjula also provides services pro-bono for students through ArgByte.

You can also watch the episode Being Safe Online to know more about online safety.

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