Where Doxxing Came From and Why It Keeps Popping Up

It’s called doxxing (sometimes spelled doxing): the malicious posting of private information about you, your family, your photos or other details online — without your consent — for the whole world to see. Hackers have used such cyberbullying to hammer people from all walks of lives, to shame or scare them or out of devotion to some cause. Thousands of cases were reported during last year’s pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, and the tactic surfaced again in this year’s demonstrations in Port