How a flaw in Airbnb’s privacy technology could put 1.2 million homes at risk

Quick note: This post was co-authored by Neel Mehta and Emily Houlihan, but Medium won’t let us add co-authors. They’re awesome, check them out!

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Airbnb claims that its hosts are anonymous. But Neel Mehta, Emily Houlihan, and I found a way to figure out the real names and addresses of 1.2 million of them.

Ever wanted to rob a house?

We discovered that, with nothing more than publicly-available data, you can figure out the real names and addresses of 40% of houses listed on Airbnb. We’ll show you how anyone could use this method to rob their choice of 1.2…

Aron Szanto

Machine Learning @Kensho. AI, CS+Econ @Harvard. Coder, researcher, cellist. Coffee and political junkie. Eschewer of obfuscation. @aronszanto | aronszanto.com

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