Robert Kerbeck Goes
Corporate Catfishing

This week we hear the story of a working actor who became a corporate threat actor.

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Robert Kerbeck rubbed elbows with some of the top actors of his time including Calista Flockhart, Joanne Woodward, Paul Newman and George Clooney. But like all working actors, he needed a side gig to survive. This week we talked to starving actor turned millionaire corporate threat actor about the sensitive information he was able to snooker out of his targets, chronicled in his fascinating book Ruse: Lying the American Dream from Hollywood to Wall Street

At first blush, corporate spying and the sorts of exploits we cover on What the Hack may seem pretty different, but the kinds of confidence plays that relax folks into oversharing are in play and there’s plenty we can learn from someone on the “bad guy” side of things to stay safe online. And if you’re moving this summer and you’re at all concerned about getting scammed, you definitely want to listen to this week’s TFS. 

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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 executive produced by Adam Levin and Beau Friedlander and produced by Andrew Steven and Travis Taylor.

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