Published: Wed, July 04, 2018
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

A Samsung Messaging Bug Might Be Texting Random Contacts Your Private Photos

A Samsung Messaging Bug Might Be Texting Random Contacts Your Private Photos

Samsung users in the U.S. are reporting that their phones are sending text messages with attachments from their photo gallery to random contacts without explicit permission. Since then, The Verge have reported that the photo messages are being sent through Samsung's default texting app Samsung Messages. This message doesn't show up on their end, but the other person's phone shows the message as if it was sent manually.

Samsung's smartphones may not be randomly bursting into flames now, but a unusual and creepy new problem has appeared: some users are having photos randomly and quietly sent to other people.

"We are aware of the reports regarding this matter and our technical teams are looking into it", the company tells Gizmodo. "Concerned customers are encouraged to contact us directly at 1-800-SAMSUNG", Samsung said in a statement.

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Only users who updated to the latest version appear to be affected, according to users who discovered and reported the issue on the /r/GalaxyNote8 subreddit. "However, there was record of it on tmobile logs". The update was meant to improve its capabilities by switching from the existing SMS protocol to the more capable RCS (Rich Communication Services).

Samsung owners afraid their messages may be unintentionally leaked can either revoke Samsung Messages' ability to access storage via their phone's app settings or switch to a different texting app like Android Messages, until a fix is released by Samsung. The upside is that taking that step will prevent the phone from sending anything - including photos - that's stored on your phone.

The complaints have gained some traction on Reddit, in sections dedicated exclusively to Samsung phones. As for T-Mobile carriers, don't bother reaching out to T-Mobile, 'cause they say "it's not a T-Mobile issue". Samsung said in a forum post that it was aware of the issue.

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