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

Eric Nielsen ericbarnak at GMAIL.COM
Thu Jan 29 17:28:43 UTC 2015


Familiar with the dox abbreviation and the .dox, .doc, .docx file
extensions, but I was hoping to find a usage progression from
the appearance of the "dox" viruses, used to steal personal info, to a
verbal form as in doxxing someone. Still looking *; > }*

Eric

On Thu, Jan 29, 2015 at 10:41 AM, Ben Zimmer <bgzimmer at gmail.com> wrote:

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> On Thu, Jan 29, 2015 at 4:45 AM, Eric Nielsen wrote:
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> > I found this:
> >
> > "Dox.2794 File infector 08/29/02"
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> > http://www.dslreports.com/forum/r4270990-Daily-NAV-IU-for-8-29-02
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> > And a possible "15 Aug 2000 00:00:00 (GMT)"
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> http://www.sophos.com/en-us/threat-center/threat-analyses/viruses-and-spyware/Dox-2794.aspx
> >
> > Don't have time to dig any further at the moment.
>
> We're focusing specifically on "dox(x)" as a verb (or "dox(x)ing" as a
> verbal noun). "Dox" as an abbreviation for "documents" was around for
> quite a long time before it became verbified.
>
> --bgz
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