Along with ransomware & credential theft, doxing is another of the ways that personal data can be used to coerce individuals, or businesses to take certain actions, to prevent the stolen data being publicly released.

The term “dox”, also spelt “doxx”, and short for ‘dropping documents’, first came into vogue as a verb around a decade ago. It refers to malicious hackers’ habit of gathering private information about someone, such as their home address and credit card information.

For businesses this could mean that sensitive information about business practices like executive salaries, contract negotiations & corporate emails.

This data is often then released to the public completely against the persons wishes.

Check out the infographic below, from StudyWeb, on doxing and how you can better protect yourself from it.

Infographic from on how to better protect yourself from doxing
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