47 episodes

"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. 

What the Hack with Adam Levin Loud Tree Media

    • True Crime
    • 4.7 • 103 Ratings

"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. 

    Jeff Williams Routs the Rustock Botnet

    Jeff Williams Routs the Rustock Botnet

    Jeff Williams has been on the cybersecurity beat before it had a name. Currently the Global Head of Security at Avast, Jeff was working the ramparts at Microsoft in the mid-oughts when he was tasked with bombing the botnets and making spam email a thing of the past. Your inbox reveals the outcome, but the journey will make you safer. 
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    • 59 min
    They Accidentally Hacked the Presidential Inauguration

    They Accidentally Hacked the Presidential Inauguration

    Retired Secret Service Chief of Staff Brian Ebert is back to talk about the time two Romanian hackers accidentally hit security cameras with ransomware that were monitoring the inauguration of Donald Trump. Hear how a sketchy Amazon vendor selling smoking guns (the culinary kind) led the Secret Service to the hackers days before the inauguration.
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    • 52 min
    Herb Weisbaum Talks Crypto Scams

    Herb Weisbaum Talks Crypto Scams

    ConsumerMan Herb Weisbaum is a veteran protector of all things scammable. On this week’s episode, he joined us to talk about crypto scams. If you invest in crypto you might want to check your accounts to make sure your dough's still there, because there are a lot of ways for it to go walkabout.
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    • 48 min
    Daniel Arnold Is Remarkably Chill About Identity Theft

    Daniel Arnold Is Remarkably Chill About Identity Theft

     Daniel Arnold is a world-famous lenser known in equal parts for fashion and street photography, which may have made him a target. Tune in to hear his remarkably laid back reaction to becoming a victim of identity theft. 
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    • 56 min
    Brian Ebert Cancels a Counterfeit Credit Card Racket

    Brian Ebert Cancels a Counterfeit Credit Card Racket

    Retired U.S. Secret Service chief of staff Brian Ebert joined us to recount the case of an international credit card skimming operation of mind-boggling proportions. Listen in as he tells a story that will make you freeze your credit before you even finish listening.
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    • 55 min
    Bill Gets High-Sticked by His Scammer

    Bill Gets High-Sticked by His Scammer

    Bill knows a lot about staying safe online and he still got scammed, which is what makes him the perfect guest for What the Hack. Trying to buy some last-minute tickets for a hockey game, he was in the scammer’s sweet spot–rushed and needing something specific. Listen in as he tells us the tale of how he stalked his scammers.
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    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
103 Ratings

103 Ratings

Tauromaja ,

Fireside Chats about all things Cyber

I really love this podcast. I work in retail, which can be unforgiving sometimes, so after work, I just need someone to let me know about crazy scams so that I can focus on something completely different from crazy people at work. I’ve even sent episodes off to friends to protect themselves (the crypto wallet episode). All three gentlemen are equipped with the dad-joke gene and they very much keep me grounded and informed, as well as just either laughing or groaning at a haha just gone wrong. I’m talking about them as if I’m talking about therapy and I do think of them as such.

I’ll be sending around the gold ingots for your services, gentlemen. ;)

Nurse Robinf ,

Crosses the Communication Line for Millennials to Boomers

So this lady is 60. I first heard of Adam Levins podcast on a podcast called Scamwow, of which I am a fan. Now I’m binge listening to This one. Communication amongst the age groups of Millennials and Boomers are like a glass of chocolate milk where the milk and the Nestles Quick aren’t blended enough and there’s a pile of chocolate goo at the bottom of the glass. Adam and his fellow podcasters have made the perfect glass of chocolate milk for me. The teaching he and his fellow podcasters give us asks questions I would ask, and they explain with the assumption that we can learn. Thank you again for all of the info you have given me, and for the way you’ve effectively communicated it.

Sparklinpmp ,

One of the best podcasts out there

I LOVE this podcast series. Having been the victim of identity theft and cyber crimes, I can assure you the topics covered in 'What the Hack' can happen to anyone. There is something to learn in each episode. It's a must listen to in my opinion. #protectyourself #knowledgeispower #bettersafethansorry.

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