Doxxing involves revealing sensitive information about another person online like real names, addresses, phone numbers, etc. without the owner’s permission. Doxxing is common across several communication platforms, but can you dox someone on Discord?
Doxxing on Discord involves identifying a member’s username and using other information to connect more details from one person. Attempting doxxing on Discord could be successful with publicly available information or require advanced tools for completion.
Several Discord users find doxxing appealing, even if it’s considered an unethical practice in many circles. That’s why this guide provides essential details on doxxing to give you a clearer insight.
What Does Dox Mean on Discord?
On Discord, doxx means to drop documents or sensitive info belonging to another user in an attempt to harass or expose. The word “doxx” is a slang to represent dropping documents.
Is It Possible to Dox Someone on Discord?
Doxxing is possible on Discord, but it is not encouraged on the platform.
How to Dox Someone on Discord
Doxxing another Discord user can be completed with the six steps outlined below:
Step 1: Identify user’s Discord username
First, you need to get the correct username of that target you plan to doxx on Discord. After getting the username, you can progress to identify other details with this information.
Step 2: Find the connection between other usernames of a doxing target
Googling usernames may not seem effective at first, but it’s a way to link a user across platforms.
Searching for a username on your browser may reveal identical usernames in different places. If you get the same results for an uncommon username, you could be on to something.
The next step is to see if any of these usernames have a real name attached to them. If you can get a name tied to three or more usernames on different platforms, it could be one person.
If that doesn’t work, you can use tools described in the next step.
Step 3: Use linking websites
Linking websites are becoming more common and can be used by companies and individuals to source information. Websites like pipl.com prove vital to help make connections across different platforms.
Searching usernames or real names through a linking website provides details you can easily put together for doxxing.
Step 4: Source personal data from social media
After searching with a linking website, you can progress to get relevant data from user bios on these platforms. Many users are careless enough to post their address, full name, date of birth, and other info on social media.
Step 5: Use personal data to find addresses and other contact details
After sourcing enough personal data on the doxxing target, you can go ahead to search through directory websites. Top websites like whitepages.com or yellowpages.com can provide personal info about someone with just their name and location.
Step 6: Cross-reference and confirm information
When you’ve got all the details you need, you can go ahead to check if the info at hand is correct.
Run through the process from Steps 1 – 5 again to be sure you’ve got info on the right doxxing target. That way, you won’t be firing blanks in your doxxing attempts.
Some doxxing attempts could go further and seek the Social Security Number, credit card and bank account numbers of targets. Such information is rarely available in public and can be deemed a felony in some US states.
It’s worth noting that doxxing could have a significant, unexpected ripple effect you didn’t plan for. Always think it through before attempting to doxx someone, even if you’ve got all their info already.
Is Doxxing Illegal on Discord?
Doxxing is illegal under several pretexts on Discord. Threatening a minor, trespassing on the property, workplace, or school of a Discord user without consent is illegal.
Threatening users with physical harm and leaking sensitive information of other subscribers is illegal on Discord.
Discord is also against participating, encouraging, or promoting violence or hate towards other members. Any member found to have contravened any of these guidelines is subject to Discord rules and US federal law.
Any Discord user found to be doxxing other members on the platform risks getting their account banned. Users banned for doxxing with concrete evidence may never get their accounts back again.
Can You Go to Jail for Doxxing Someone on Discord?
There is a grey area across US states and other countries when it comes to doxxing. People guilty of doxxing can face jail time within 6 months – 1 year based on where files were charged.
Some territories, like in Ohio for example, charge offenders guilty of doxxing $500 and a 6-month jail term. But doxxing classified as a 4th-degree felony could carry sentences up to 10 months with a $5,000 fine.
No federal laws currently exist that specifically handle matters relating to doxxing. However, US prosecutors can use two federal statutes (18 U.S. Code §119 and 18 U.S. Code §2261A) to charge people guilty of doxxing.
Anyone found guilty after prosecution with these federal charges can face fines, incarceration, and a criminal history.