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KEY POINTS

  • Jan Koum founded Whatsapp in 2009
  • Facebook bought Whatsapp in 2014 for a $22 billion deal
  • Koum clashed with Facebook over data privacy concerns

Whatsapp founder Jan Koum is a multibillionaire. But when he was younger, no one imagined he would reach where he is right now. 

His rags to riches story started in Ukraine where life was so hard that his household did not have running water. When he was 16 years old, he moved to the U.S. with his family, per Business Insider. Life did not immediately improve, but the young Koum had to strive to survive. He finished books about computers when he was in high school. He worked for Ernst and Young after getting a degree at San Jose State University. It was at Ernst and Young where he met future Whatsapp co-founder Brian Acton, who was working for Yahoo at the time.

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Given you’re reading this story, the chances are that you’re somewhat cyber aware. If I was to send you a file attachment in a text message—let’s say a Word or PDF document, you’re hopefully programmed to ask a whole set of questions before opening or saving that attachment to your phone. Do I know the sender? Was I expecting the file? But what if it was just a photo—something amusing or attention-grabbing to keep or share? You can view the image within the messaging app, you can see what you’re getting, surely there’s no harm in saving it to your photo album?

If only that was the case. The fact is that a malicious image has the same capacity to damage your device and steal your data as a malicious attachment. The only difference is that it’s a more sophisticated attack, which makes it rarer. We saw the latest

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