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What the Hack with Adam Levin

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Webby-nominated "What the Hack with Adam Levin" is true cybercrime with dad jokes. It’s a no-shame zone for anyone who’s ever been scammed, hacked, phished or cyber-bushwhacked. Every week, we feature fascinating people talking about the terrifying, annoying, embarrassing, or infuriating things they’ve experienced online. Join consumer affairs veteran Adam Levin with co-hosts Beau “Hack Me” Friedlander and Travis “Here's What Actually Happened” Taylor for a good story and tips on how to make yourself a little harder to hack.

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United States

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Podglomerate

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Webby-nominated "What the Hack with Adam Levin" is true cybercrime with dad jokes. It’s a no-shame zone for anyone who’s ever been scammed, hacked, phished or cyber-bushwhacked. Every week, we feature fascinating people talking about the terrifying, annoying, embarrassing, or infuriating things they’ve experienced online. Join consumer affairs veteran Adam Levin with co-hosts Beau “Hack Me” Friedlander and Travis “Here's What Actually Happened” Taylor for a good story and tips on how to make yourself a little harder to hack.

Language:

English


Episodes

Episode 136: Brett Johnson Explains the Abject Terror that Awaits Us All

2/20/2024
Brett Johnson has been called the Godfather of cyber crime. He was on the FBI’s most-wanted list. And he was on What the Hack before! He returns for a freewheeling conversation about what’s new in cybercrime, how it’s changed and wants you to know how to better protect your digital life. “What the Hack with Adam Levin” is available wherever you get your podcasts. If you like it, consider rating us on your favorite podcast service or writing a review. It really helps people find the show. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:42:52

Episode 135: Christina’s Alleged Romance Scammer Plays A Long Con

2/13/2024
Romance scammers spend a lot of time on dating apps, but they almost never meet their targets in person. Christina’s Mr. Right moved quickly. Charming in-person, he lived in the same area and worked in the same industry. It was only after she committed to building a new life with him in Florida that everything began to fall apart. “What the Hack with Adam Levin” is available wherever you get your podcasts. If you like it, consider rating us on your favorite podcast service or writing a review. It really helps people find the show. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:43:07

Episode 134: EFF's Eva Galperin Is Not the Pope of Fighting Stalkerware (But She Is)

2/6/2024
Privacy matters for most of us, but it can be a matter of life and death for some especially when it comes to stalkerware. Electronic Frontier Foundation director of cybersecurity Eva Galperin joined us this week to teach us about the way too common software that can be used to track your every move. “What the Hack with Adam Levin” is available wherever you get your podcasts. If you like it, consider rating us on your favorite podcast service or writing a review. It really helps people find the show. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:45:16

Episode 133: Tim Byrne’s Vintage Industrial is Scammer-Proof

1/30/2024
Tim Byrne’s vintage industrial furniture designs are a staple for A-Listers and designers around the world, which puts him in the sites of scammers–whether the target is time, money or goods. Listen as we learn how Byrne’s keen eye for the masterpiece lurking in a hunk of old factory equipment helps him spot thieves before they can strike. “What the Hack with Adam Levin” is available wherever you get your podcasts. If you like it, consider rating us on your favorite podcast service or writing a review. It really helps people find the show. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:39:17

Episode 132: Vermont Attorney General Charity Clark Hates Scammers More than We Do

1/23/2024
Ever wonder why facial recognition is so accurate? Well, one reason is the shocking amount of personal data it needs (think: all the world’s snapshots), and that’s why Vermont Attorney General Charity Clark is taking aim at the industry behind that technology. We also review Charity’s top scams to watch for this year, and other topics near and dear to our own scam-hating hearts. “What the Hack with Adam Levin” is available wherever you get your podcasts. If you like it, consider rating us on your favorite podcast service or writing a review. It really helps people find the show. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:41:38

Episode 131: Marjorie Bloom Reveals a $661,000 Tech Support Scam

1/16/2024
Retired attorney Marjorie Bloom was minding her own business online when a tech support scam redirected her straight to cybercrime hell. Hear how she lost more than $600,000 in this harrowing tale of a scam turducken. “What the Hack with Adam Levin” is available wherever you get your podcasts. If you like it, consider rating us on your favorite podcast service or writing a review. It really helps people find the show. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:43:58

Episode 130: David Maimon Introduces Us to a Fresh New Hell

1/9/2024
Criminologist David Maimon is in the business of finding out what we should be scared of. Just when you thought analog bill paying was safe, we learned that check scams are on the rise. And you guessed it: Because artificial intelligence and digital tools are making them way too easy. “What the Hack with Adam Levin” is available wherever you get your podcasts. If you like it, consider rating us on your favorite podcast service or writing a review. It really helps people find the show. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:37:21

Episode 129: Adam Rings in the New Year by Sharing Some “Scaring is Caring”

1/2/2024
From a pig butchering scam that cost $450,000 to a real estate scam that almost cost a whole lot more, 2023 kept us guessing. With stories sometimes tragic, sometimes funny, and always informative, we’re celebrating the New Year with a look back at some of our favorite moments from the past twelve months. “What the Hack with Adam Levin” is available wherever you get your podcasts. If you like it, consider rating us on your favorite podcast service or writing a review. It really helps people find the show. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:50:33

Episode 128: Daniel Simons Reveals Why We’ll All Be Fooled Again

12/26/2023
When it comes to scams, we usually focus on the How rather than the Why. This week, we spoke to psychologist Dan Simons, co-author of Nobody’s Fool to find out why we’re all much easier marks than we like to think. “What the Hack with Adam Levin” is available wherever you get your podcasts. If you like it, consider rating us on your favorite podcast service or writing a review. It really helps people find the show. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:52:44

Episode 127: Donna Hayes Sheds Her Shame

12/19/2023
Many romance scams are smash-and-grab operations, but some scammers play the long game. Author, actress, life coach and cabaret singer Donna Hayes met her dream man online, but after a seemingly perfect courtship and almost $200K in cash changing hands, she discovered the truth. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:46:09

Episode 126: Adam Almost Loses 4 Million Dollars

12/12/2023
Ten years after Hurricane Sandy destroyed his beach house on the Jersey Shore, Adam was finally ready to sell the vacant lot. The only problem: It was already on the market. In this whodunnit, we go hunting for the bad guys. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:47:41

Episode 125: Liza and Harry Take Hits for You in This Holiday Twofer

12/5/2023
Shark Week doesn’t have anything on the Christmas scam season. Whether you’re buying something or selling something, there’s a scammer waiting to rob you blind. But there are ways to stay safe. File this week’s episode under: “You can’t say we didn’t warn you.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:36:37

Episode 124: Marija Manojlovic Isn’t Kidding Around About Child Safety Online

11/28/2023
How dangerous is the internet for children? According to Marija Manojlovic, it’s even worse than we imagined. This week we chart the dangerous freeways and dark alleys of the internet, the hazards they pose specifically to children and what you can do to protect them. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:49:29

Episode 123: Kitten Lady Hannah Shaw’s Meta Scam Gets Travis a New Cat

11/21/2023
With a million followers and several books on kitten care, Hannah Shaw is no stranger to interview requests and the technical issues to which they often give rise. But when a podcaster helped her navigate a “problem” in her Meta settings, Kitten Lady was hacked. Hear how her eye for deceit and nimble action saved the day. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:38:32

Episode 122: Major Garrett Reveals the Ties that Bond Spies and Hackers

11/14/2023
On this week’s episode a veteran journalist helps us explore our usual beat from a new point of view. CBS Washington Correspondent Major Garrett is the host of “Agent of Betrayal: The Double Life of Robert Hanssen” and an absolutely stellar guide as we parse the similarities and differences between spies and hackers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:42:30

Episode 121: Jen Caltrider Makes Us Want to Walk to the Book Store

11/7/2023
Want to keep your car out of your sex life? Jen Caltrider created Mozilla’s “*Privacy Not Included” to help consumers make informed choices about popular products and services we all use—like pervert car companies and data-grabbing toys. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:36:38

Episode 120: Emily Flitter Introduces Us to the High-Net-Worth Piñata

10/31/2023
We talked to New York Times reporter Emily Flitter about criminals who use deepfakes to rob high-net-worth individuals. Spoiler alert: It’s a lot easier than you might think! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:46:23

Episode 119: Angelo Carusone Isn’t Sure the Media is Ready to Rumble

10/24/2023
More interested in news than partisan views? Sadly, there’s no app for that. The post-Musk media apocalypse has arrived, and it’s super misinformation-friendly. Media Matters CEO Angelo Carusone joins us to discuss how legit media can add some friction to the fictions that go viral when the world is on fire. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:45:51

Episode 118: Kashmir Hill’s Book on Facial Recognition Will Terrify You

10/17/2023
Facial recognition is powered by a special sauce that few people really understand, but one thing is clear: It renders privacy a thing of the past. In her new book Your Face Belongs to Us, New York Times journalist Kashmir Hill explores the ramifications of the human face in cyberspace, and what it means for the future findability of humanity. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:51:16

Episode 117: Theresa Payton Kept the White House Safe (So Listen)

10/10/2023
Ever wonder why Too-Big-To-Fail banks get hacked along with a host of other high-visibility targets get compromised, but the White House has never been breached? We did too, which is why we invited Former White House CIO and current founder and CEO of Fortalice Theresa Payton to tell us how to be safer online. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:42:09