On Friday, Depression Quest developer and doxing victim Zoe Quinn launched an online “anti-harassment task force” toolset, staffed by volunteers familiar with such attacks, to assist victims of a recent swell of “doxing” and “swatting” attacks.
The Crash Override site, built by Quinn and game developer Alex Lifschitz, offers free services from “experts in information security, white hat hacking, PR, law enforcement, legal, threat monitoring, and counseling” for “victims of online mob harassment.” According to the site, those experts are “mostly former clients” who have faced similar online threats, and their efforts will not include “retaliatory action against abusers.”
In addition to a contact form and a lengthy summary of Crash Override’s pre- and post-harassment services, the site includes links to a guide to help people control how much personally identifiable information appears on the Internet, along with a Twitter feed containing public statements from two users claiming to have used Crash Override’s services to mitigate the effects of online harassment.
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