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Ever click a link and think… "Uh oh!"

"What the Hack?" is a new podcast that makes getting scammed, hacked, phished or cyber bushwhacked seem a little less terrifying. You might even have fun. It's one part true crime whodunnit (or what happened) and one part how to fix it.

Every week the "What the Hack?" crew talks to fascinating people about some of the most terrifying (or annoying, embarrassing, infuriating) things that ever happened to them in cyberspace. "What the Hack?" tells you what happened, what you can do next and how to keep whatever it was from happening again.

Adam Levin is the former Director of Consumer Affairs for the State of New Jersey, serial entrepreneur and author of Swiped, which he wrote with his sidekick, writer and cyber mensch, Beau Friedlander. With expert commentary from Travis “Here's What Actually Happened” Taylor, the show gets everything sorted out—or not—but either way you’re going to have a great time. Something weird happen to you? We've got your back.

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16 Episodes
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Here at What the Hack with Adam Levin we’ve been preaching forever and a day that you should never use your debit card when a credit card will do just as well. If you listen to the show you already know why. Credit cards simply offer more robust consumer protections than debit cards. The teenage son of this week’s guest learned this lesson the hard way. Also discussed: How much money have you had secretly siphoned from your bank account? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Covid epidemic shut down music venues around the world, but with our ever more connected planet, the bands played on. Music people moved their gigs online and Twitch became a major venue for that. That’s where Emily ran into trouble with a new version of the overpayment scam.  Also: Can you steal a Tesla with a Raspberry? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Some scams give us something to laugh about in hindsight based on sheer audacity or incompetence that made the work. Loki’s story is not one of those capers. This week, we talked to the victim of a catfishing scam in which he figured (post-identity theft) as the catfish. Worse yet, he was scammed by his lover.  Also: Is Travis a deepfake? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Cybercrime is a writhing mass of larval opportunists.  Larry worked on the assembly line at Ford Motor Co. once upon a time, and his pre- and post-retirement career puts most of our resumes to shame. Now he can add to his many assignments “Scam Slayer.” Online crime often targets retirees, assuming that they’re easy prey. Larry is an object lesson in how not to fall victim to the kinds of crime targeting senior citizens. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mary is a lot of things. Cannabinoid cooking maven, former radio host, and her banter could make the saltiest sailor blush. When she was angling to find love (and sex) online, a rather young-sounding catfish took the bait. But she lived to tell the tale (pun fully intended) financially intact. Also: A rogues’ gallery of fishy dad jokes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Like many of us, Joyce spent many hours during the Covid lockdown connecting with friends playing games online--MahJong mostly. Imagine her surprise when using a legitimate app to find a scammer trying to empty her entire bank account. The likely culprit: an in-app advertisement. This episode is about the danger posed by the ads in the games we play.   Also featured: Beau gets got by the bad guys, sort of. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
How do you know when you’ve been hacked? What happens when you lose control of an account, but don’t see any other unusual activity? Is it a mistyped password, or a hacker simply biding their time? On this week’s episode, we speak with Ed, who found himself locked out of his Facebook account but saw no other indication of foul play. That is, until he noticed an unfamiliar email address attached to his account… Also discussed: Remote access trojans and phony ransomware. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Paul Toma is in the business of making the world a greener place, which made him into a target for someone looking to tap into his credit at a local bank. A stroke of luck was all that stood between him and economic ruin. Find out in the latest episode how Paul was compromised and why you should never reuse your passwords. Also featured: Ransomware gangs continue to suck at public relations.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Meet Dan Beeler of Boyne Resorts. He’s a cool guy, and no slouch when it comes to cybersecurity. The job: oversee the data and cybersecurity that makes possible a kingdom of outdoor bliss: skiing, fishing, hiking, ziplining, Segway tours, etc. If it’s cool and only doable outside, chances are good Boyne Resorts offers it.  As CIO, one of Dan’s jobs is to protect fans of the great outdoors (or at least their data) from prying eyes and the myriad perils our personally identifiable information are subject to daily. Fending off the assortment of cyber attacks that come his way? All in a day’s work.  That’s why Dan was the first to know when his company got hit by ransomware. Hear what happened, and how Dan saved the day in this latest episode of “What the Hack with Adam Levin." Also: Should ransom payments be tax deductible? We ponder this question over chicken nugget smoothies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feeling like you needed a break this summer? As we finally started to emerge from quarantine, reconnect with family, and maybe enjoy some fresh air, scammers were busy with new and familiar lures for netting unsuspecting victims. To wit: Noah’s son, who had a boat coming to him. Sadly, buying one during the pandemic was like trying to raise the Titanic. This episode focuses on that moment Noah found a deal that was too good to be true—literally. Hear Noah’s story of boat-selling skullduggery averted, and learn how be like Noah when it comes to online scams. Also: Beau wrangles ticks. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Cristian is a young gamer who found himself walking a pirate’s plank. Old school pirates pick up all sorts of viruses and bugs on mayhem patrol! Digital pirates do, too. Episode Five features a savvy digital native who picked up a nasty bug during a digital stroll down the gamer’s version of Memory Lane. Whether you think you’re immune to online contagion, or you just need a little pirate humor, we got it here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aunt Sally was happy to spend her time birdwatching and spending time with family. Then one day, a single typo exposed her to hackers intent on pilfering her finances, identity, and personal data. Also: Why you shouldn’t show off your vaccination card.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
As a journalist, he’s traveled to some of the most dangerous places in the world and managed to not get hacked. But the moment he gets some down time at home: O, the shame.  Also covered: smishing, social engineering, 419 scams and once again, why you should never re-use your passwords. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Covid-19 pandemic created massive unemployment and with that, a shadow pandemic of unemployment scams. In our second episode, Adam’s sister-in-law was targeted in two different states and tells us the tale. Also discussed: are biometrics better than passwords? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Did you know that you can awaken sleeping (and therefore undetectable) malware on your computer simply by looking at an image posted in the comments of an online discussion? We constantly harp on the importance of good cyber hygiene. This episode of WTH provides a life lesson: Always use a burner computer to troll your enemies. And of course beware of evil clowns. Join us as we hear Roy’s story of the time he got hacked while trolling QAnon followers.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
What the Hack? with Adam Levin is a production of Loud Tree Media in collaboration with Larj Media.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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