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Ask Slashdot: How Do I Recover From Doxxing? 370

An anonymous reader writes: I've been doxxed on a popular forum, by one of the moderators no less. The forum owner doesn't care, the hosting company doesn't care. I'm getting bombarded by email and social media, even via GitHub. How does a person recover from this? I don't want to create a whole new identity or shut down all my web sites, social media etc. Can't really change my real name either, at least not without an incredible amount of hassle. The police don't care, and since the forum owner is on the other side of the world it's unlikely there could be any legal consequences, and even if they were they would probably only draw more attention to me. I've tried to clean up Google's search results about me. How do I fix this? What does a fix even look like?
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  • Police? (Score:4, Informative)

    by phantomfive ( 622387 ) on Sunday September 20, 2015 @12:40PM (#50561785) Journal

    The police don't care,

    If you want to get the police to do anything in this world, don't contact them yourself, have your lawyer contact them.

    • Re:Police? (Score:4, Informative)

      by Anonymous Coward on Sunday September 20, 2015 @12:43PM (#50561803)

      Unless this doxxing contained anything beyond public records what are they police going to do even then? It's not illegal to post public information on someone (barring things like victim shield laws, etc.).

      • Re: Police? (Score:5, Insightful)

        by dmitrygr ( 736758 ) <dmitrygr@gmail.com> on Sunday September 20, 2015 @12:50PM (#50561855) Homepage
        You know, back in the day they published whole doxxing books. One per town (though you could request another town's by mail). In fact many such doing books were shipped for free to everyone. They were white and yellow too, if I remember correctly.
        • Re: Police? (Score:5, Interesting)

          by Anonymous Coward on Sunday September 20, 2015 @01:06PM (#50561965)

          Questioner here. By publishing my details on this forum they have started off a campaign of harassment. I also have to keep checking Google and bing to make sure I'm not going to be screwed next time I apply for a job, and that it won't stop people contributing to my open source projects.

          The worst part is that although I'm not the one doing it, at a casual glance it makes me look childish. Like some 4channer who pissed off other 4channers.

          • Re: Police? (Score:5, Insightful)

            by Runaway1956 ( 1322357 ) on Sunday September 20, 2015 @01:34PM (#50562131) Homepage Journal

            AC nailed it.

            Remember when Google insisted that everyone use their real names on G+? I never did offer my real name. Google contacted me three or four times about it, threatening to terminate all services if I didn't supply my name.

            I told them that I'm almost sixty years old, and that I've made enemies in my lifetime. I wasn't willing to publish my name and address, so that one of those enemies could find me and murder me.

            It was a bullshit story - but it made a point. It is stupid and potentially dangerous to post your real life contact information randomly all over the internet.

            • Remember when Google insisted that everyone use their real names on G+? I never did offer my real name.

              Yep. My response was "FUCK NO!!", and yes they kept pestering me for months. I never gave them a damn thing.

              I was, frankly, amazed that the bliss-ninnies at Google never stopped to consider the downside of posting your real name and linking to all the other stuff you have online. (What could possibly go wrong, eh?) Or maybe they did and just said, "Eh, tough shit."

              • by paulatz ( 744216 )

                Yep. My response was "FUCK NO!!", and yes they kept pestering me for months. I never gave them a damn thing.

                Lucky you, they just terminated my G+ account after a couple weeks of pestering (and at the time you could not use a lot of services without G+), but now G+ is dead, and Vic Gundotra has been fired while I'm still alive and I still have my job.

              • they probably had lots of pressure from big brother on them. that's why i chose fake names that sound like real ones, only slightly more vulgar. it's less hassle. yours, peter le coq
              • " yes they kept pestering me for months"

                Pesky algorithms. They should know when to shut up.

                Seriously, I thought Google's "customer service" and whatnot was merely (mostly?) sophisticated spam, Turing-contest bots, and that you had to write a really nasty, threatening letter to get past the filters to a human.

            • Re: Police? (Score:4, Interesting)

              by Anonymous Coward on Sunday September 20, 2015 @05:45PM (#50563361)

              Yup. I may have G+ profiles under my real name and the name I go under when dealing with internet-stuff. My domains point to PO boxes. Good luck mailing shit to a PO box.

              Doxx'ers get their stuff from public Whois first, Phonebooks second, legal records third, and insiders of Verizon/AT&T or other Utility companies. Sometimes even having a cop or someone who works at the DMV in the state is leaking the information.

              It's very hard to figure out who leaks your information, thus every time you change physical address, you should change utility providers (gas, internet, electricity, phone, tv/cable) until you figure out which one leaked the information. Unfortunately it's usually the phone companies that do this. Good god, when I first got a landline out here in the city, I was getting a dozen calls per day of telemarketers, that I just stopped answering the phone. My Mobile phone, other than the random "obviously fake same NPA-NXX" calls, I get no calls whatsoever. When I briefly subscribed to the Cable Company's digital phone line... I got no phone calls whatsoever than one day I got a call... from the Phone company trying to sell me on switching to them. What does that tell me? The Cable Company sold a list, or is abusing their LNP database.

              So... to the OP...

              Your best bet if you really want to get away from this crap is to change your physical name (costs about 300$ here and a lot of document replacement costs thereafter) , physically move, even if it's to another unit in the same building (but better if you move to a different city altogether,) change your mailing addresses on everything to a PO box, if you have a job, get a new one under the new name. Delete your facebook/twitter/linkedin/etc profiles and stay off those sites going forward.

              I've actually done all of this after I had a falling out with an insane roommate who is one of those 4-chan types. I needed to disappear just enough that I couldn't be found in Google, but anyone who followed the bread crumbs long enough would only come to old contact information. My cell phone number changed as a result of moving to a different area code, so that wasn't even a possibility for stalkers to find me.

              But end result is that I've generally not had to worry about assholes doxx'ing me. At worst, I've had assholes that I sent DMCA requests to attempt to destroy the email address sent from with mailbait + botnet, but jokes on them, that email address is only used to SEND DMCA requests.

              • Re: (Score:2, Interesting)

                by Anonymous Coward

                Had a friend have the same thing happen from a horri-bad breakup. Said ex was known to go to veteran forums and show "Old Glory" being pissed on with the person's name. Of course, there is a point where going too far will step into felony-hard territory and the popo will start going after IP addresses, which is what happened to the ex once the ex thought their reign of terror was unstoppable.

                As for E-mail addresses, thanks to tons of free sites, all it takes is a burner phone (bought anywhere) and an E-ma

          • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

            by Anonymous Coward

            NAME THE FORUM!!!! We can be of more help if we know who it is.

            • NAME THE FORUM!!!! We can be of more help if we know who it is.

              Yes. Out the outer. Then you will be even and can let it drop.

          • Re: (Score:2, Informative)

            by penguinoid ( 724646 )

            Maybe you could post the specifics on a different site, of course only if you think the average person would be understanding of your situation (I'd recommend not trusting your own judgement on this, ask a friend). I know a few people who got doxxed over some joke got lots of sympathy over here. If the doxxers think of themselves as righteous, they'll have second thoughts if a large group of people think they're overzealous assholes. Of course, if the doxxers are trolls, they'll love any reaction they get.

          • Re: Police? (Score:5, Insightful)

            by Harlequin80 ( 1671040 ) on Sunday September 20, 2015 @03:33PM (#50562769)

            Realistically, do nothing. This will end up falling off the bottom of the page, and people will lose interest / forget. The way to ensure that the problem continues is to respond to it.

            Remember the "Bring back our girls" campaign. Had everyone from Michelle Obama down making public statements of support. Go and have a read about how the # tag and search results basically disappeared after a month.

            While it sucks now, the people who send you stuff based on a forum are not really invested in you, and once the next object of their hatred arrived it will move on. Keep you head up and weather the storm.

          • don't get into flame wars on the internets with people over stupid things, or anything at all. herd mentality and vigilantism is alive and well
            • don't get into flame wars on the internets with people over stupid things, or anything at all.

              Know your place, shut your face.

              Don't you just love our brave new world?

        • Re: Police? (Score:5, Insightful)

          by Anonymous Coward on Sunday September 20, 2015 @01:41PM (#50562177)

          I see this argument a lot and it's pretty stupid. Phone books were usually only distributed to the local area, where everyone who got one probably already knew you (or your family) and if they tried to harass you via phone the call was easily traced and police would take care of it.

          Doxxing on the Internet is different. Over a billion people suddenly have easy access to your info, most of them strangers and many of them out of reach of the law. It's a completely different scenario.

          • In the good old days any public library worth a damn would have dozens of phone books available not to mention the fact that you could just request one be sent to you for any given area and to top it all off there has always been the operator you could call for directory assistance for a few cents. The tools have always been there you just had to be smarter than the recycled tree pulp in the pages to use it back then.
            • by Megol ( 3135005 )

              You have to be quite stupid to equalize a phone book in "the good old days" to doxxing on the Internet.
              What next: claiming a DDOS is like someone knocking on your door?

          • Re: Police? (Score:5, Insightful)

            by JustAnotherOldGuy ( 4145623 ) on Sunday September 20, 2015 @02:13PM (#50562365)

            I see this argument a lot and it's pretty stupid. Phone books were usually only distributed to the local area,

            And they didn't contain links to a million other bits of data on you, either. There wasn't much you could do with a phone book back then, really (at least not compared to present day maliciousness).

            Really, though, I blame social media and the "Cult Of Sharing Everything" for this shit. It all seems so innocuous to share and share and share and then one day you get doxxed...and by that time it's waaaaaaaaay too late to do a damn thing about it.

            I've worked hard to keep a low profile. You won't find squat online about me, even though I have a very unusual last name. Very very few pics, no direct links to my "real life" from my online life, and I stay the hell off of facebook, twitter, linked in, etc etc etc.

            If other people want to share their personal info I think that's fine, have at it....it's just not for me. And there have been more than a few times that I've been thankful that I was so paranoid and/or careful.

            • I see this argument a lot and it's pretty stupid. Phone books were usually only distributed to the local area,

              And they didn't contain links to a million other bits of data on you, either. There wasn't much you could do with a phone book back then, really (at least not compared to present day maliciousness).

              Really, though, I blame social media and the "Cult Of Sharing Everything" for this shit. It all seems so innocuous to share and share and share and then one day you get doxxed...and by that time it's waaaaaaaaay too late to do a damn thing about it.

              Exactly. They didn't dox you. YOU DOXXED YOURSELF!

        • Re: Police? (Score:5, Insightful)

          by ohnocitizen ( 1951674 ) on Sunday September 20, 2015 @02:17PM (#50562387)
          Reasons a Phone Book is different from being doxxed:
          1. More than just your name, phone number and address might be shared.
          2. It is linking offline and online, not just posting your info in isolation. Imagine if a phone book contained every single one of your online identities and logons.
          3. Phone books don't link to material that could threaten your personal relationships or career.
          4. Doxxing is used as a tool to intimidate and attack people. It is a form of retaliation, not a public service.
          5. Often(though not always) a single person is singled out.

          As others are pointing out, this is a poor argument and should not be modded up.

      • Publishing information with intent to threaten or cause distress is illegal in most places as far as I'm aware. It's a bit like carrying a big honking hunting knife in public, you won't get arrested if you have a good reason for carrying it but there aren't many good reasons.

    • "If you want to get the police to do anything in this world, don't contact them yourself, have your lawyer contact them." Wrong. In places where the rule of law or lawyers is strong, yes. But in most places, contacting Benjamin Franklin is the better option.
  • "popular forum" (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward

    Which forum exactly is this so we can avoid going to that trash heap?

  • Paranoid's Bible. (Score:5, Informative)

    by Shadow of Eternity ( 795165 ) on Sunday September 20, 2015 @12:45PM (#50561823)

    Start Here. [tumblr.com] Unfortunately there's really not much you can do if the webmaster doesn't care other than maybe try to go over their head somewhere in that chain.

  • By simply asking to the forum owner, well, he may simply not be motivated.. A lot of people seem to use fake/automated/careless/troll DMCA complaints, and they do tend to actually work, even if when they are not legit, and with no subsequent consequences to the complainer afterwards... Maybe this can help you.
    • by MrLogic17 ( 233498 ) on Sunday September 20, 2015 @12:55PM (#50561891) Journal

      OP said the forum owner was not within the US, so it's a fair guess that the hosting site isn't either. A DCMA request will be met with either a "Aww, how cute. [delete]" - or a new round of "Hey everyone, check out Op's attempt to stop us! Let's get him!"

      In either case, a DCMA takedown request has done nothing positive.

      • by Anonymous Coward

        OP here. The host us in the US but doesn't take much interest. They ignore TOS violations like the prohibition on hacking and copyright infringement. It's Bluehost, FWIW.

        • by bugnuts ( 94678 )

          If you can show it's copyrighted work, they'll take notice when you file a DMCA. But I believe this has to be under penalty of perjury.

          If they do ignore it, file a DMCA on the ISP's provider.

          However, the info posted is likely not copyrighted.... which falls under other rules of anti-harassment and state laws. Unfortunately, there's still not a lot you can do about it in that case, due to the annoyance of having to deal with a company across the world.

        • by Pliny ( 12671 )

          Buy an hour or two of a lawyer's time to send a nasty letter to Bluehost's lawyers. They'll listen to them.

        • Re: (Score:2, Informative)

          by Anonymous Coward

          OP here. The host us in the US but doesn't take much interest. They ignore TOS violations like the prohibition on hacking and copyright infringement. It's Bluehost, FWIW.

          What steps have you taken with Bluehost? As someone who works there, I'm pretty sure we don't ignore TOS violations...

    • by bugnuts ( 94678 )

      The OP already said they're not in the same country. DMCA doesn't have much reach outside the USA.

  • Golden rule! (Score:2, Insightful)

    by gimmeataco ( 2769727 )
    I understand you're trying to avoid further publicity, but you left the context of your crisis blank. Why are you a personality that's driving these people to bombard you? In the off chance this was retaliation for a negative action on your part, use this as a life lesson to behave better. Golden rule!
  • Time (Score:5, Informative)

    by Thagg ( 9904 ) <thadbeier@gmail.com> on Sunday September 20, 2015 @12:53PM (#50561873) Journal

    That's the only real solution. All of those people who are hassling you now, will be hassling somebody else in the future. I hope that the "popular forum" you mention isn't something that's vital to your life; if it isn't then abandon it. If it is, it's a more interesting question.

    If you need to continue to participate in that forum, I would suggest you just be yourself. Say what you believe, and don't get too fussy about it.

    I've heard from a lot of women who participate in public fora that this kind of abuse is not just commonplace, it's ubiquitous. You might also think of the 34,000,000 people doxxed last month. It's just a common thing, it's going to happen to everybody sooner or later.

    • 99% of the abuse you will be receiving will be from dickheads who don't really care about you. Just wait them out.

    • Re:Time (Score:4, Informative)

      by Improv ( 2467 ) <pgunn01@gmail.com> on Sunday September 20, 2015 @05:00PM (#50563129) Homepage Journal

      If I had any mod points, you'd be being upvoted for this - time normalises everything, and whether someone is getting kudos or negative attention, eventually people forget, whether it's the teeming masses or troll groups. Plenty of us have been victims at least once, and it sucks (and can be scary) at the time, but it gets better.

  • Not sure how to attack this problem, but a couple ideas:

    Like you said, you can't change your name, and you probably don't want to move. Said information is therefore static. If you fight it, you risk the Barbra Streisand effect. Raising a ruckus and loudly complaining will only draw more attention.

    I think your best bet is to wait it out. The best way to become invisible is to be boring. Lay low, wait for the mob to some some new, more interesting person to bother.
     

  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday September 20, 2015 @12:57PM (#50561899)

    trying to live on the web, a "place" that does not really exist. The internet is a great thing for communication and to go looking for information, but there is really no reason for most people to have a "web presence" and people who do not (like 99.99% of all people in human history) do not end up with these sorts of totally artificial and unnecessary problems.

    Your first question therefore should be: "why do I care?" followed shortly after by "what does it REALLY matter?"

    People who actually know me know what I am like and no amount of online dirt about me would convince them otherwise. People who do not know me could be easily convinced to believe anything about me they might find online - but they do not matter to me; since I do not know them I do not care if they know me or if they imagine they know me. I do not know the internet reputations of any of the people I deal with in the real world, I do however care very much about their actual reputations in the real world and I know who I can trust on their word or a handshake.

    This silly mental disorder of the Twitter generation that thinks that an online reputation or identity matters at all need to seriously contemplate what really matters in life and need to remember that NOBODY on Earth in all of human history even had an online reputation before about 20 years ago. In most places, the people you actually need to interact with in the real world care nothing about your internet identity/presence.

    • If I read right the OP said or implied that s/he was a software developer of some sort (Github?), so I think in this case an online reputation does matter. So unless the OP is Linus Torvalds, a bad web rep means your chances of getting hired or contracted for a project is significantly impacted.
  • by SuperKendall ( 25149 ) on Sunday September 20, 2015 @01:00PM (#50561913)

    If you go to a user page on GitHub, you can report abuse and/or block users.

    Even if they are using an alt account, reporting abuse is a good first step because if they create more alts, GitHub may eventually block those, and even the main account if they have one.

    On email, mark the sender as spam, for the phone if you can just disable voice mail for a while and whitelist calls.

    It's probably just a handful of idiots so if you ignore them and carry on eventually they will tire of getting nothing out of their efforts.

    If the moderators of a forum are against you not much you can do except carry on and complain to the web site owners. But do be really sure about what you are complaining about and present evidence of what you are claiming they did.

    • Re: (Score:2, Informative)

      by Anonymous Coward

      Get a google voice number. Then follow the instructions on google voice to change the voice mail on your real phone to use google voice instead. Start blocking numbers. A block on google voice plays the not in service tone to anyone you have blocked.

      In the future, pass out your google voice number. Then you'll not only be able to trivially block voice mail but the entire call itself.

      • I don't know how it comes off on the callers end, but you can also opt to block callers on an iPhone also and then they cannot reach you - just go to the recent call list, press "i" and you get an option to block that caller.

        Google voice might let you block ranges of numbers though? That might be helpful if you were under some kind of robo-attack (I had one call bank that tried to reach me with three sequential numbers, luckily after that they gave up [or ran out of numbers])

  • by 50000BTU_barbecue ( 588132 ) on Sunday September 20, 2015 @01:01PM (#50561917) Homepage Journal

    This is a stupid word in any case. There is tons of publicly available information on people, just the municipal tax roll for starters, then the business registry.

    No special leet skills required.

  • by poity ( 465672 ) on Sunday September 20, 2015 @01:01PM (#50561919)

    There is only prevention
    Besides the obvious tip of not using the same password:
    - Never use the same username
    - Never register on any website using the same email address you use to receive bills and bank statements
    - Never use 3rd party authentication (facebook, twitter, google+) to log in to other sites, much less multiple sites

  • Bury it. (Score:4, Interesting)

    by meta-monkey ( 321000 ) on Sunday September 20, 2015 @01:05PM (#50561955) Journal

    You're not going to be able to wipe stuff off the internet. You need to bury the bad with something good. Here's an article that might help [businessinsider.com] about how the woman whose tasteless joke picture was taken out of context and blown out of proportion got her life back together.

    Good luck and God bless.

  • Never use an account of any sort that can be traced back to yourself. Never post a photo of yourself as it can be traced by the likes of Google images et al.
    • by rl117 ( 110595 ) <rleigh.codelibre@net> on Sunday September 20, 2015 @02:03PM (#50562317) Homepage

      Serious question. Why?

      I always use my real full name. My slashdot account is an exception now (it was my email address back in '97) but my email is real. I don't see the benefit of total anonymity--as a free software developer both as a hobbyist and professional programmer, I don't want to participate in development behind some random handle, I want people to know who they are interacting with both in real life and via email/usenet/forums/bugtrackers/whatever. And vice versa Hiding behind anonymous handles is the exception rather than the rule, and while there are sometimes reasons for it, it's unusual. For whatever subconcious reason, I also tend to prefer to know who I'm dealing with--I'd be more likely to ignore or postpone dealing with a bug report from an anonymous person, for example. For some random unimportant forum it might not matter, but when you're participating in development with others over an extended period (years to decades) it would be a bit weird to be anonymous. While I think "doxxing" sounds like childish bullying, I don't see that hiding my name would help much should someone single me out. If they cared enough, they'd find out anyway.

      That said, while my name and email addresses are not kept secret, I do value the privacy of my actual personal details etc., and I wouldn't be amused if they were published, but as mentioned in this discussion, stuff like phone numbers and addresses are "public" if you know where to look. Mine is in the paper phone book and you can look it up online. While it would be nice if idiots didn't abuse this, it's not realistic to keep secret stuff we need to communicate with each other. If you do a google image search for my name, three of the first two rows of images are me; two take you to my work profile page and my work contact details (email, phone, address), the other is my github profile. It would probably only take a few more minutes to work out my home address as well for a determined person. Occasionally I do get people contacting my via all these work details for legitimate purposes. While it would be nice to not have idiots abusing these things, we equally can't wall ourselves off from the world in an isolated bubble.

      Regards,
      Roger

      • by sinij ( 911942 )
        You can't have privacy if your real name is out there. Plus, by using your real name you are one cultural shift away from being turned into paria.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday September 20, 2015 @01:36PM (#50562141)

    you can find them at http://www.crashoverridenetwork.com/

    they also have a guide on what you should do after you've been doxxed (http://crashoverridenetwork.tumblr.com/post/114270394687/so-youve-been-doxed-a-guide-to-best-practices)

    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward

      You mean that website that was created by a person that started doxxing left and right and then claimed to be the victim when people told said person to stop?

      Yeah, thanks but no thanks.

  • by Chelloveck ( 14643 ) on Sunday September 20, 2015 @01:40PM (#50562173) Homepage

    "OMG! Like, Tiffany? She totally told Heather that I had sex with Trevor. I mean, no way! He's such a dork! Anyway, Heather told Megan who told Sierra who wrote a note and passed it around 7th hour band and now everyone in the school thinks Trevor and me are an item! My life is like totally ruined! Now I'm afraid no one will ask me to the prom because they're all gonna think I'm a slut!"

    That's what you sound like, and your doxxing problems are going to be about as meaningful a year from now. Your life will suck for a short period of time, then everyone will forget about you and move on to the next bit of juvenile drama.

    If you're honestly concerned about your safety (not just your reputation, that damage will blow over and be forgotten) take the evidence to the police and get real legal advice instead of asking a bunch of jerkwads on a random tech web site.

  • Do Nothing (Score:5, Informative)

    by jon3k ( 691256 ) on Sunday September 20, 2015 @01:42PM (#50562189)
    Wait a couple of weeks for the internet's ADHD to kick in and everyone to move on to something else. Problem solved.
    • The parent probably has the best advice.

      .
      The more you fight it, the more attention you'll bring to it, and the longer it will last.

  • Post fake doxxes and enough fake info mixed with real info, that google searches dont reveal anything real. If you are up for it, kill you public accounts (emails, social media), and start a fresh.

  • by goodmanj ( 234846 ) on Sunday September 20, 2015 @01:51PM (#50562241)

    You can't become someone new in real life, but you can become a new person on the Internet, someone nobody cares about anymore. There are probably millions of doxx out there, and nobody has time to SWAT all of them. If your old identity disappears, people will stop caring.

    Change your email, create new logins for your forum and social media sites and give the new identity only to people you absolutely trust. And stop going to the forum that doxxed you (or if you insist on being a moron, create a new login).

    Two comments: first, this only works if people are interested in you because of who you are on the Internet. If you're somebody in real life, you're screwed, but you can probably get the cops to care. Second, yes, this is totally letting the doxxers win. But once your info's out there, it's not about being right on the Internet [xkcd.com], it's about keeping your house from burning down.

  • by gurps_npc ( 621217 ) on Sunday September 20, 2015 @02:00PM (#50562297) Homepage
    These people are not taking you seriously, and you need to realize how bad this is.

    It isn't a prank, it's not a joke, it's a serious invasion of your privacy that puts you at real risk of physical and financial harm - not just mental.

    You need to hire a lawyer and start suing them. Don't send warning letters and requests, send subpoenas and court orders.

  • The police don't care, and since the forum owner is on the other side of the world it's unlikely there could be any legal consequences

    You can make it go away with enough cash. Either bribe the forum owner, Or hire some people who are within a stone's throw of the forum owner to make the problem post go away through any means necessary, up to and including physical force and violent coercion.

    If they're outside the reach of the law, and they're doing serious harm to you, then I guess you could possibly

  • I think Barbara Streisand probably has some good advice on this subject.

    Seriously, though, once your information is out, what do you hope to do? It's like complaining about spammers - get a better anti-spam system. Be prepared to filter aggressively. Do not engage.

  • Live your life like you don't care what people know. And if you need to keep secrets your opsec better be perfect.

    What did you do that this is such a problem? If you've been an asshole maybe you'll reconsider future behaviors. But tell us the grand story about how the forum mods and owners were unjustified.

  • by o_ferguson ( 836655 ) on Sunday September 20, 2015 @03:02PM (#50562593)
    You can always do what I did. Anonymous Canada "D0xed" me a couple years ago, because I pointed out how week their OpSec was (they were posting highly sensitive d0x-in-progeress about minors on an open forum with no login or password required.) Once they released their incredibly cursory and inaccurate collection of stuff from public source, I replied with this: http://obsceneworks.com/blog/o... [obsceneworks.com]
  • by sethstorm ( 512897 ) on Sunday September 20, 2015 @04:41PM (#50563063) Homepage

    Something doesn't smell right about this. They're asking for advice in a potentially unfriendly forum (read: it doesn't purge material) and may not be fully honest about their intentions.

    If the Anonymous Reader is honest in their intentions for seeking advice, I hope they will understand the reason for suspicion.

  • ..and make yourself invisible, if possible. Stay away from forums, never use your real information, avoid so-called 'social media'. So far as 'recovery' is concerned: They'll get bored before too long, so long as you don't 'feed the trolls'. Don't respond to them. If you're being threatened in real life or your property is being damaged, then involve the police. Otherwise just ignore it and it'll stop on it's own.
  • by StevenMaurer ( 115071 ) on Sunday September 20, 2015 @11:11PM (#50564649) Homepage

    Seriously. Anonymity is a legal fiction and an illusion, and almost nothing you say anyone gives a damn about anyway. I mean, my God, seriously, what do you think is going to happen? Being embarrassed because you hold some sort of unpopular opinion? Currently in the U.S., the big news is that Carly "HP rose 6% when I was fired" Fironina, is considered to have "won" the Republican debate over Trump the Clown, because she brazenly lied multiple times about Planned Parenthood! And you think you're going to be affected by some pro- or anti- Gamergate opinion?!?

    The problem, ultimately, is that people really don't know who is wrong or right - so as a shortcut, they look to see if someone "caught" acts as if whatever it is they've been "caught" doing is embarrassing. This is why Trump is leading right now. No matter how wrong he is, or stupid, he never acts like it's important. So instead of clutching your pearls over some opinion you have, trying to "erase" someone DOXing you, when you really should be posting the entire DOX, saying "See what assholes these people are, trying to DOX me instead of actually engaging in a contest if ideas? That's because they're wrong and they know it. They can't fight my ideas, so they attack me. I guarantee that you will get an outpouring of support for whatever you believe in.

    TL/DR: I don't censor my opinions. I call 'em as I see 'em. Under my own "brand", as you will. And I guarantee you, I'll never be embarrassed being myself. You shouldn't either.

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