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Doxbin was a document sharing and publishing website which invited users to contribute personally identifiable information, or "dox", of any person of interest. It was previously operated on the darknet as a Tor hidden service, by a person known on the internet as nachash. Since its takedown in 2014, nachash has stepped down and relinquished his ownership to a predecessor that used the username "King Oren" when interviewed. He said in an interview that he is hosting Doxbin on the World Wide Web, as well as on Darknet and Tor hidden service websites. He declined to release the link to either of them, saying, "The people that use the service know how to find it, that's what keeps it secure and out of the reach of incompetent people using it for malice things".
Due to the illegal nature of much of the information it published (such as social security numbers, bank routing information, and credit card information, all in plain-text), it was one of many sites seized during Operation Onymous , a multinational police initiative, in November 2014.
Doxbin was established to act as a secure, anonymous venue for the publication of dox first established by people by the usernames of nachash, king oren, CGOD, and Phocus. Dox being a term in Internet culture which refers to personally identifiable information about individuals, including social security numbers, street addresses, usernames, emails, and passwords, obtained through a variety of legal and illegal means.
In November 2012, Doxbin's Twitter handle @Doxbin was attributed to an attack on Symantec, coordinated with Anonymous's Operation Vendetta.
It first attracted attention in March 2014 when its then-owner hijacked a popular Tor hidden service, The Hidden Wiki, pointing its visitors to Doxbin instead as a response to the maintenance of pages dedicated to child pornography links.In June 2014, their Twitter account was suspended, prompting the site to start listing the personal information of the Twitter founders and CEO. In October 2014, Doxbin hosted personal information about Katherine Forrest, a federal judge responsible for court rulings against the owner of Tor-based black market Silk Road, leading to death threats and harassment.
Doxbin and several other hidden services were seized in November 2014 as part of the multinational police initiative Operation Onymous. [ citation needed ]Shortly thereafter, one of the site's operators who avoided arrest shared the site's logs and information about how it was compromised with the Tor developers email list, suggesting it could have either been the result of a specialized distributed denial of service attack (DDoS) or exploited mistakes in its PHP code. However, the site could still be restored easily by setting up a new domain. The site was then transferred to new owners who reclaimed it from authorities and restored it just a week after it went down.
Following nachash's raid, he has since then gone on to write a darknet market vendor guide entitled "So, You Want To Be a Darknet Drug Lord…".
Doxbin was mentioned by South China Morning Post after the name of Chinese police officers was shared on the website.
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