What is doxing? What measure you take if it happens to you?

Syllabus: GS-III, Subject: Science & Technology, Topic: Computer and ICT, Issue: Cyber technology – basics, attacks and solutions


  • It involves publicizing private details like addresses, phone numbers, and medical information, obtained illegally.
  • Even sharing semi-public content without consent can lead to doxxing and harassment.


  • Intent behind sharing matters; malicious intent can lead to platform action.
  • Victims face physical, digital, and emotional threats, affecting security and daily life.

Options that the victims have:

  • Keep an incident log, report to platforms, change passwords, and file reports.
  • Report through the National Cyber Crime Reporting Portal and file an FIR.

The way ahead:

  • Platforms like Meta and Google offer tools and policies to address doxxing.
  • Social media companies must adhere to India’s IT Rules.
  • Victims can return to social media after ensuring security but should have a self-care plan and support network.
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