What can you do if it’s too late and your private data has already been published and exposed? Where
can you get help? And how can you prevent further leaks of data and information? This lesson gives answers to these questions.
What to do if you become a victim of doxing?
Be sure to take screenshots of all posts, messages or websites related to the doxing incident to submit with your report. The goal is to make it easy for the site moderators to quickly understand what has happened and address it.
It is also a good idea to create a timeline of events by documenting what happened and when. When victims are targeted online, events can move quickly, and it can be difficult to accurately piece together everything that occurred.
Feel free to ask someone in your support network to help you organize everything and write it all down.
This evidence may also be useful when reporting to law enforcement or seeking protection through the courts.
Do not be afraid to resubmit your report more than once or quickly inquire about the status of your report if you do not hear back or no action is taken.
Note that usually the goal of doxers is to cause the victim harm and psychological distress. This is also one of the most dangerous aspects of doxing, and it can ultimately lead to severe consequences. Try not to engage with trolls
(this may be what they want!) and seek comfort with your friends, relatives and community. An online mob may move on if you ignore them and do not give them additional reasons to attack you.
If you receive threats or fear for your physical safety, you may want to contact law enforcement. In this case, remember to document what is going on, for example, screenshot the threats, to provide law enforcement officers with additional
evidence. Remember, doxing is a relatively new term and form of abuse.
Law enforcement may be unfamiliar with the term doxing or there may not be laws in your jurisdiction to address it. Don’t be discouraged. The best way to navigate this to describe what has occurred. Instead of saying you’ve been doxed,
explain that someone has published personally identifiable information about you on the internet without your permission and has revealed your name, address and other information that can be and often is used for cyberbullying,
cyberstalking, harassment or other types of harm.
you get help?
If you or someone you know is concerned about doxing, contact your local authorities or NGOs working in the field of digital rights/safety. They can help you with advocacy, minimizing the consequences, and psychological recovery.
Again, you may have to explain doxing to the organization where you are seeking assistance. Don’t let this discourage you! These organizations can offer many services that can address the harm and start the recovery process.
What measures should be taken to return online
There is no ‘one size fits all’ solution for doxing victims to return safely to their online lives. First off, it is important to set realistic expectations about online safety. This starts with understanding that the best we can do is make ourselves
as safe as possible. Remember, there’s no way to exist online and remain 100% safe (even Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey had his Twitter account hacked!). The best thing you can do is be careful when sharing your information and making your accounts as
secure as possible.
In our next lesson, we will give you some recommendations that can help you not become a victim of doxing.
What should you NOT do if you are being doxed on social media?
Document the attack and report it to the authorities