Former NJ Consumer Affairs Director Now Helping Consumers Fight Cybercrime

Adam Levin, former director of consumer affairs division for New Jersey, is the author of "Swiped" and is an expert on cybercrime and personal finance.Adam Levin, former director of consumer affairs division for New Jersey, is the author of "Swiped" and is an expert on cybercrime and personal finance.

CHERRY HILL, NJ—(SBN)—The WannaCrypt/WannaCry ransomware attack may be over, but other, similar attacks are likely in the future, according to Adam Levin, Founder of CyberScout and former director of the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs.

Levin is the author of a new book, Swiped: How to Protect Yourself in a World Full of Scammers, Phishers, and Identity Thieves, and is a nationally recognized expert on cybersecurity, privacy, identity theft, fraud, and personal finance.

The WannaCrypt virus wreaked havoc in Europe and Asia, locking up critical systems like the UK’s National Health Service, a large telecom in Spain, and other businesses and institutions around the world, all in record time. Once infected, a victim’s computer denies access, and instead displays a message that demands the equivalent of around $300 in bitcoin.This has affected countless people, including people seeking medical care in the UK.

In this podcast interview, Levin offers specific advice for consumers on how to secure their identities online and protect themselves from cyber extortion and other crimes.


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About the Author

Steve Lubetkin
Steve Lubetkin is the news director for Steve’s journalism background includes print and broadcast reporting for NJ news organizations. In May 2019, he began anchoring and reporting for the new weekly podcast, "The CRE News Hour," a news and features program focusing on the commercial real estate industry. From 2014 to 2019 he was New Jersey and Philadelphia editor for and filled in covering Chicago/Midwest and Atlanta. He has won numerous awards for his audio and video news reporting from the Garden State Journalists Association, and he has also been recognized for video by the New Jersey Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He has produced audio podcasts on CRE topics for the NAR Commercial Division and the CCIM Institute. Steve has also served (from August 2017 to March 2018) as national broadcast news correspondent for, a news website focused on practical advice for senior executives in small- and medium-sized companies. Steve also reports on-camera and covers conferences for, a public policy news coverage website focused on New Jersey government and industry; and for clients of, a division of The Lubetkin Media Companies LLC. Steve has been the computer columnist for the Jewish Community Voice of Southern New Jersey, since 1996. Steve is co-author, with Toronto-based podcasting pioneer Donna Papacosta, of the book, The Business of Podcasting: How to Take Your Podcasting Passion from the Personal to the Professional. You can email Steve at