Dox, /däks/, verb: Search for and publish private or identifying information about (a particular individual) on the Internet, typically with malicious intent.
If there's one word you need to add to your vocabulary this year, it's "doxxing". As many have already found out, doxxing occurs when a person's private and identifiable information is made public with the intent to cause harm to said individual. Experts are saying that 2015 could be the year that doxxing moves out of the dark corners of the internet and into the forefront of personal security concerns.
"Do you remember when Eric Schmidt said at Google, the generation coming up now by 2020, 2025, you're going to have to change your name because there will be so much information out there on you that you'll never be able to escape your childhood? We're here," Glenn said.
Doxxing was a big issue during '#Gamergate', a controversy at the end of last year surrounding ethics in game journalism and the treatment of women in gaming. VOX.com has a full explainer which you can read HERE.
During the #Gamergate controversy, actress Felicia Day expressed concerns over being doxxed if she commented on the topic. "Personally I am terrified to be doxxed for even typing the words "gamergate." I have had stalkers and restraining orders issued in the past, I have had people show up on my doorstep when my personal information was hard to get," she said.
That's just one example. The woman at the center of the UVA rape scandal was doxxed. So have a number of celebrities. The Sony Pictures hack was pretty close to a doxxing too.
"There's no more secrets. It's over. It's over. So I would suggest that you don't have secrets. Because there's nothing you can do to protect them anymore," Glenn said.
Glenn will have more on this story Monday night on TheBlaze TV.