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  • n. Documents, especially information sought by hackers about an individual (address, credit card numbers, etc.).
  • v. To publish an individual's personal information on the Internet.

Etymologies

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Phonetic respelling of docs.

Examples

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  • Remember Gamergate?

    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 harassment.

    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.

    Decca Muldowney, So What the Hell Is Doxxing?, ProPublica, Nov. 4, 2017. The article also uses "dox" and "doxed."

    November 7, 2017

  • Hacker jargon, a shortening of "documents."

    As a noun, an Urbandictionary user has defined it as "Personal information about people on the Internet, often including real name, known aliases, address, phone number, SSN, credit card number, etc."

    Seems to be gaining ground as a verb meaning "to post personal information about (someone) online, esp. in order to humiliate or expose them."

    Examples:

    - "As you'll all see on breaking news, the BNP (extreme right wing political group) have had their entire membership database list doxed online - including names, addresses, telephone numbers, occupations."

    - "The hatemongering blogger known as 'Tom Newton' has FINALLY been doxed!!"

    - "This faggot needs to be doxed"

    - "LoL he said he doxed me and swatted me and they have yet to show up :)"

    - "Anyhow, they doxed me because I annoyed them, and got on their nerves."

    November 29, 2009