(Self) D0xing

Doxing is a technique of tracing someone or gathering information about an individual using sources on the internet. Its name is derived from “Documents” or “Docx”. Doxing method is based purely on the ability of the hacker to recognize valuable information about his target and use this information to his benefit. It is also based around the idea that, “The more you know about your target, the easier it will be to find his or her flaws” ~ Urban dictionary.

Such flaws can then be exploited. The exploitation wildly differs depending on the adversary. For example, profiling information can be used for encapsulation attempts. If those fail, and you are still enough of an annoyance to your government, expect aggressive demonisation by government paid trolls (and exceptionalism at its current flourishing best).


D0xing is also a part of reconnaissance, which generally focuses on its dark side.

General resources

You can use the same (or similar) spies online techniques to see yourself through the eyes of the adversaries that might d0x you. That information can then be used to protect yourself from your adversaries as best as you can. And when setting up other, anonymous or pseudonymous identities, these resources can be used for test-driven-development of the identity.

Search engines

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Looking for profile(s) of (a) person(s):

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Searching for information using (an) image(s):

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Posts and discussions

Searching for information using a post or discussion:

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IP lookup

When you have an IP address an IP lookup will provide details such as ISP name, country, state, city, longitude and latitude. Domain names can help us to find out important information such as address, email id and phone number:

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D0xing tools

And then there are tools particularly created for d0xing (also known as human recon). Please follow the money, where the makers are located, and assess likelihood of the code being poisoned. I use as little automated tools as possible. Not only because of the risk of poisoning, also because I prefer to pay more attention to little-easily-overlooked-details. The more you automise, the more you overlook.

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Reuseful archives

Such as wandering through archives, yellow pages, phone directories and other possibly useful information made publicly available.


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South America

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North America

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Bigger identity wardrobe

When you are familiar with your own shadow online, you can change the avatar to cast another shadow, or you can ditch it completely and leave digital spaces -some information can not easily be removed and/or changed and is retained- or set up multiple, fake, anonymous or pseudonymous avatars.

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  1 comment for “(Self) D0xing

  1. Tigerlily
    December 13, 2014 at 5:25 am

    GREAT RESOURCE! Thank you for putting this together!

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