What journalists can do to avoid attacks using their personal information
Threatening journalists over their reporting is not a new concept, but the age of electronic media has brought a new method of intimidation and harassment known as doxxing.
Doxxing – named for docs or documents and also called doxing or d0xing – starts with publishing someone’s personal information in an environment that implies or encourages intimidation. Typically done online, the information then is used by others in a campaign of harassment, threats and pranks.
Journalists targeted by doxxing attacks, which are usually based on something they’ve written, find their personal and professional lives disrupted and sometimes turned completely upside down.