#CyberFLASH: Reddit moderator and ‘doxing’ victim says police reaction lacklustre

typing-image-genericA Halifax man who says he was harassed and doxed on a local internet message board says he’s had a “frustrating” time trying to get authorities to investigate, even though Nova Scotia has laws against it.

Doxing — a shorthand for the act of dropping or publicizing documents — is the practice of posting a person’s personal information online, often against a person’s wishes.

Blake Hebb is a moderator on the popular online forum Reddit, where he says a recent thread about the upcoming federal election got out of control. The political escalated to the personal when Hebb said a user posted Hebb’s full name and the street he lived on.

“There are very few rules Reddit as an entity enforces, but one of the main ones is don’t post personal information,” says Hebb.

The user was banned from Reddit, but opened new accounts — 36 of them in all.

“It was this game of whack-a-mole,” Hebb said. “I’m sure a person could have better hobbies.”

The user continued to taunt Hebb and posted his full name, date of birth, email address, mailing address and phone number.

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