Published: Tue, July 03, 2018
Tech | By Constance Martin

Samsung Texting Bug Might Be Sending Your Photos to Random Contacts

Samsung Texting Bug Might Be Sending Your Photos to Random Contacts

IN A DISTURBING development for anyone with photos on their phone and their boss's phone number, the world's largest smartphone maker is investigating claims its handsets have started sending private photos to phone contacts at random. It only became apparent after the recipient alerted them. Notably, there's also no record that the photos were sent from an affected users' phone, according to the Reddit user.

"Last night around 2:30am, my phone sent [my girlfriend] my entire photo gallery over text but there was no record of it on my messages app", complained one confused Galaxy S9+ owner.

The T-Mobile update seems to be occurring automatically, and many users may not realize their phones have already updated.

Speaking to Gizmodo, Samsung said it was aware of the issue and its technical teams were looking into it.

One user wrote on Reddit that his Galaxy S9+ send his entire photo gallery to his girlfriend, while he was sleeping at night.

Samsung is aware of the issue and is now investigating it (and T-Mobile says the issue is on Samsung's end).

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Currently, the prevailing theory as to what's causing this bug is a weird interaction between Samsung Messages and recent RCS profile updates that have rolled out on carriers including T-Mobile.

However, a T-Mobile spokesperson told The Verge to 'check in with Samsung on this, it's not a T-Mobile issue'.

As a workaround, concerned Galaxy users can head over to settings and disable the Samsung Messages app's access to device storage.

The scariest part about this bug is that when Samsung Messages bugs out sends pics to other people, it reportedly doesn't leave any evidence of it doing so, which means people may not know their photos have been released into the wild until it's too late.

Affected users are encouraged to contact Samsung directly until a fix is issued.

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