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Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Definitions for dox

  1. Slang. to publish the private personal information of (another person) or reveal the identity of (an online poster) without the consent of that individual: The professor was doxed by a bitter student who failed her class. Several players doxed the programmer because the final version of the game disappointed them.

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Citations for dox
Hackers and online vigilantes routinely "dox" both public and private figures who provoke their ire, by publishing social security numbers, home addresses, and credit card numbers. Sam Gustin, "The Internet Doesn't Hurt People--People Do: 'The New Digital Age,'" Time, April 26, 2013
Apparently, one of his online enemies had doxed him. Jason Fagone, "The Serial Swatter," New York Times, November 24, 2015
Origin of dox
Dox is an alteration of docs, which is short for documents. It’s been used since around 2000.
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