Samsung Phones Texting Users' Photos to Random Contacts

Samsung Phones Texting Users' Photos to Random Contacts

They added that they had enabled a setting allowing pictures to be automatically backed-up to Google, and suspected that the leak occurred because of an update to the Samsung Messages app.

I mean, if you've got nothing to hide, you've got nothing to worry about, but still, it would be nice for your phone not to do random stuff without asking, especially when the consequences could be so bad.

The issue seemingly stems from a problematic update to the Samsung Messages app, and multiple users on Reddit have complained that their entire gallery has been sent to certain contacts.

We reached out to Samsung for comment on this issue, and received this statement in reply: "We are aware of the reports regarding this matter and our technical teams are looking into it". Notably, there's also no record that the photos were sent from an affected users' phone, according to the Reddit user.

The messaging app is leaving no trace of the photos in the Sent messages folder within the phone's default messaging app. "We encourage any customers who may have questions or concerns to contact their local Customer Service Center at 1-800-SAMSUNG". However, T-Mobile told Gizmodo that it's not a T-Mobile issue.

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Samsung is said to be aware of the complaints, which surfaced last week, and is investigating.

It wasn't too long ago that Samsung had to recall the Galaxy Note 7 after a huge number of reports surrounding battery failures and explosions. Hopefully Samsung releases an update soon that will fix the issue.

It is believed the bug could be due to a new messaging standard called RCS, which is created to make texting look more like a messaging app, complete with read receipts and typing indicators.

Samsung has finally responded to the weird bug in its app, Messages, that sends photos to other users without any permission. Others have reported their phones sending scheduled text messages too early. The downside is that you'll have to turn permissions on again if you want to send photos or files through the Samsung Messages app.

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