Tuesday, 25 September, 2018

Samsung's texting app apparently sent pictures to people's contacts without permission

A camera and fingerprint reader sit on the rear casing of Galaxy S9 smartphones in London on Feb. 22 2018 Samsung phone bug secretly shares your photos with rando contacts
Mandy Jefferson | 03 July, 2018, 21:12

Recently, the updated Samsung Messages app has begun sending out gallery photos to contacts without the device owner's knowledge. It only became apparent after the recipient alerted them.

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.

'Last night around 2.30am, my phone sent her my entire photo gallery over text but there was no record of it on my messages app.

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. A Reddit user expressed their concern by saying "This sounds like a nightmare for me as I have lots and lots of clients in my phone".

"We are aware of the reports regarding this matter and our technical teams are looking into it".

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Samsung is now urging concerned customers to call its support lines directly. The scariest part is that the default message app isn't showing that anything has been texted at all. This means you won't be able to send any stored data, like photos or saved messages, through text.

Drunk dialing and butt-dialing are bad enough, but what if your phone sent some. compromising photos to your contacts all by itself? The poster says that even though there was no evidence of the mass photo sharing in Samsung Messages, it showed up on his T-Mobile logs. As for T-Mobile carriers, don't bother reaching out to T-Mobile, 'cause they say "it's not a T-Mobile issue".

There's a theory on Samsung's forums that this bug has something to do with the recent Rich Communication Services updates that carriers have been rolling out in the United States.

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

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