According to a report by the Associated Press based on a document obtained from the Department of Homeland Security, several officials high up in the hierarchy of police departments in major US cities are being “doxed.” Doxing means having their personal information exposed online by people who are apparently hoping the information will be used for malicious purposes or to inspire fear in the wake of the protests against police violence. Reports have come from departments in many different major cities stating that some of their officers have been affected. Those cities included Washington, DC, Atlanta, Boston and New York, but it is not limited to just those. A report coming out of Kentucky stated that federal officials discovered posts on social media that included a link related to information about officers and their family members. The information found when visiting the link included full names, the names of their family members, home addresses, specific information about the vehicles they drive and online account login information. While it is not illegal to post this type of information online, it can make it dangerous for officers and their family members if others use the information to harass or threaten violence against them. Although some of the information exposed may have come from compromised accounts, most of it likely came from publicly available databases and various social media outlets.
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