Cybercriminals are exploiting the popularity and extensive user base of Airbnb to target accounts through various methods such as phishing, malware [2] [3], stealers [4], and stolen cookies [2] [3] [4]. This poses a significant threat to the security and privacy of users.


These cybercriminal tactics allow unauthorized access to Airbnb accounts, enabling them to book properties or carry out unauthorized actions without raising any suspicion [2] [3]. Additionally, the platform is plagued by fraudulent hosts, fake accounts [1] [3], and other scams due to its affordability. Shockingly, thousands of Airbnb accounts are available for purchase on the dark web and cybercrime stores for as little as one dollar, indicating a thriving market for Airbnb-related offerings in the cybercrime world [2] [3]. These platforms even provide automated programs to test accounts and discounted vacation services [3].

To safeguard yourself, it is crucial to enable two-factor authentication, use strong passwords [4], exercise caution when encountering suspicious offers, and only book with reputable hosts [4]. With over 7 million global listings [2] [3], Airbnb remains an attractive target for hackers [2] [3]. Therefore, it is essential to remain vigilant and take proactive measures against these cyber threats [4].


The impact of cybercriminals targeting Airbnb accounts is significant, as it compromises the security and privacy of users. To mitigate these risks, users must adopt security measures such as two-factor authentication and strong passwords. Additionally, being cautious of suspicious offers and only booking with reputable hosts can help prevent falling victim to scams. As the cybercrime market for Airbnb-related offerings continues to thrive, it is crucial for users to stay informed and take proactive steps to protect themselves.