As of today, many news outlets are reporting that celebrities like Jay-Z, Beyonce, Kim Kardashian, Ashton Kutcher, Britiney Spears and more have been victims of “doxxing”. Doxxing is defined as the act of identifying a person from a small bit of information such as an email address. Then “Doxers” use the email address to find phone numbers, addresses, real names, credit reports and other information of the target. Doxxing becomes illegal once the “Doxer” obtains non-public information and/or hacks into their social accounts like facebook, twitter, gmail and more. The number of celebrities that have been victims of this cyber crime is growing, including Sarah Palin, Donald Trump and even Michelle Obama. Their personal information has ended up on an undisclosed site and the FBI is investigating.
Doxxing shines light on how unsafe your information is online. Approximately 15 Million U.S. residents have their identity used fraudulently each year with financial losses totally about $50 billion. These number are growing with increasing use of social media. Not even the First Lady of the United States of America is exempt. Experts say it is almost impossible to prevent identity theft, but you can protect yourself by paying for a monitoring service and not putting personal information on social sites. Public figures like celebrities are extremely susceptible to identity theft and cyber crimes like doxxing.
In this incident, it seems to still reign true, in the words of the late great Notorious B.I.G.
MO Money MO Problems….