Or when the identity of that dentist who killed Cecil the Lion was posted?
Or that man who was wrongly identified as the Boston Marathon bomber?
These were all examples of how making someone’s personal,
and sometimes private, information public on the internet led to intense
Today, each of the cases could easily be termed a form of
doxxing — short for “dropping documents.” In the last few years, doxxing
has increasingly been used as an online weapon to attack people.
People’s “documents” — records of their addresses, relatives, finances —
get posted online with the implicit or explicit invitation for others
to shame or hector them.