Samsung investigating messaging bug that sends private photos to contacts at random

Some Samsung users say their phones randomly sent

The problem turned up on Reddit, spotted by Gizmodo, and then found its way to Samsung's official forums.

"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". Both they and other Reddit users who reported the same problem found no record of the messages having been sent, either.

In the meantime, for Samsung owners concerned that their phone might be sending sensitive pics to random contacts, there are now two main fixes to this.

In a statement to ConsumerAffairs, Samsung said that it will be continuing to monitor the issue.

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So maybe save yourself some serious potential future headache and take a little stroll through your camera app now - deleting anything questionable while you're at it.

Some Samsung smartphones are sending user's photos to people in their address book without their permission, according to a growing number of complaints online. The first is to go into your phone's app settings and revoke Samsung Messages' ability to access storage. Now imagine your phone did start randomly sending those to people in your phone contacts.

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.

"Samsung has reviewed this matter thoroughly these past few days; however, there were no hardware or software issues found to be relevant to this particular case".

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T-Mobile tells CNET "It's not a T-Mobile issue", adding "You'll want to check in with Samsung on this one". Though there is no detailed list of phones affected, the Galaxy S9, the Galaxy S9 plus, and the Galaxy Note 8 are primarily affected by this bug.

The messages are being sent through Samsung's default texting app Samsung Messages.

The complaints have gained some traction on Reddit, in sections dedicated exclusively to Samsung phones.

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