[Ads-l] "Doxing": new to me, though

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM
Mon Jan 26 07:55:20 UTC 2015

On Mon, Jan 26, 2015 at 1:25 AM, Wilson Gray wrote:
> "'Doxing' is not new. The term dates back to 2001 and the hacker group,
> Anonymous."
> https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2015/01/doxing_as_an_at.html

I'd be interested in any evidence of the term going back to 2001.
Anonymous originated in 2003, according to Wikipedia, so the claim
seems a little fishy.

When we looked into it for "Among the New Words" (AmSp, Fall 2014), we
only traced "dox(ing)" back to 2010: <http://bit.ly/ATNW89-3>. In the
Twitter archive, I now see the verb "dox(x)" as early as 9/09.



The earlier form "drop dox" goes back at least to 2008.


Ben Zimmer

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