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Doxing Cybercrime : What you need to know


As you are aware, recently Hamas terrorist group attacked Israel with rockets and killed lots of innocent people including babies, children and women. Many condemned it, but America’s prestigious Harvard University’s 34 student groups put the blame entirely on Israel for this and did not condemn the Hamas terrorist acts. Lot of prominent company ceo’s issued a statement that they would not hire people belonging to these groups. A bill board truck and few websites revealed the full name, faces, what they are studying etc. of these people who are part of those groups who had issued such statements, resulting in safety, job and well being issues for those students. The act carried out is a type of doxxing cyber crime. Elon Musk and few other bollywood and hollywood celebrities current location was shared online regularly by doxxers.

Doxing or Doxxing is publishing someone’s data online without their consent or exposing someone’s anonymous real identity online. The data published may include personal and financially sensitive information apart from that it can include their current location and travel plans. It can be very dangerous as this is a serious violation of victim’s privacy and can be used for tracking or attacking the victim by her adversaries. Doxxers collect information about people scattered across the internet, then assemble those small pieces of information to reveal the real person behind an alias. Motive for such cybercrime may include jealousy, obsession, revenge, hatred or to humiliate and intimidate the victim or as simple as making profit by selling that data. 

How to protect oneself from Doxing cybercrime :-

If you are a victim of doxing cybercrime :-

Immediately call 1930 cyber helpline or file a complaint at Complain to the relevant authority or social media website about such fraudsters and the fraud. Block that user but do not delete any information, instead save them as they will be needed as evidence to prosecute the criminal. If you had installed any software or clicked a hyper link or scanned a QR code provided by fraudster, then uninstall that software, change the passwords/pins of all your important accounts like banking, email etc. Best is to factory reset or format your device as your antivirus may also sometimes fail to find the malware.

Remedies available to victim legally(India) :-

Lodge a complaint at nearby cyber or regular police station under :

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