HOUSTON — This summer, Whitney Hanzik got a startling notification on her phone. There’d been a stabbing near her home, and one person was injured. Then she looked outside and noticed a helicopter flying over her suburban Houston neighborhood.
Hanzik, a 35-year-old mom who home-schools her three children, wanted to know whether a dangerous person was on the loose. So she logged on to the Prestonwood Forest Neighbors & Friends Facebook group.
“Can anyone verify or does anyone have any further details?” she posted, along with a picture of the crime alert.
Hanzik, who’d grown up in Prestonwood Forest and moved back as an adult, didn’t expect the firestorm that followed.
One longtime resident, an older white woman, complained that it was yet more evidence that the area surrounding Prestonwood, a subdivision developed in the 1970s, was turning into “the ‘hood,” according to several residents who read the now-deleted comment.
Airbnb may be at the heart of a severe security incident as hosts report they are able to inadvertently access private inboxes that are unrelated to their accounts.
On Thursday, Airbnb hosts flooded Reddit, querying the sudden appearance of inboxes that do not belong to them when they signed into the service.
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In screenshots of an inbox shared on the platform, Reddit user “Autocasa” said that they had “no association with these people or their apartment names.”
While no guest account, as of yet, has reported similar issues, hosts are saying they are able to see other people’s addresses and other information — such as codes required to access a property — which means that the Airbnb inbox issues could be considered an extremely serious security incident that could compromise the security of people’s homes.