Adam & Co Explore the Long Tail
of Chinese Spy Balloons

China’s hacking program is as legendary as it is dirigible…and, yes, incorrigible.

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Every so often there’a a hack or digital data grab that requires we forego a guest (full disclosure: we tried to get Xi Jinping, but didn’t hear back) and dig down to explore exactly what happened and why it matters (or doesn’t). Find out our verdict on the recent parade of spy balloons and how it fits into the bigger picture.

Adam, Beau and Travis survey the short but storied history of Chinese-sponsored hacking in the United States to provide some much needed context for the recent spate of spy balloons making news. And then Beau goes off on Meta, as he is wont to do. 

The episode is rounded off with some news via Travis about criminals using Google Ads to spread malware. Sound bad? Listen in. 

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About the Hosts

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.


What the Hack with Adam Levin is a production of Loud Tree Media and is produced by Andrew Steven and Beau Friedlander.

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