Samsung Messages bug that sends photos to random people being investigated

Posted July 04, 2018

Reports from Samsungphone users emerged, stating that pictures have been sent from their phones to seemingly random contacts, without their permission.

T-Mobile is upgrading from SMS to RCS and Samsung recently applied its own complementary update to its Samsung Messages app, the default texting app for its Galaxy phone, to support the change. The only way people know this is happening, is once they receive a response from the recipient of the message sent. The apparent bug isn't always texting out one or two photos from the user's stream: In some cases, it's exporting their entire gallery. "We are aware of the reports regarding this matter and our technical teams are looking into it", a spokesperson said. According to the The Verge, Samsung is asking users to call the company's helpline if they are facing the problem.

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The forums indicate that Galaxy S9 and S9+ devices are affected, but may not be the only ones afflicted with the bug.

Additional owners of the Galaxy S9, S9+ and Note 8 devices have complained about picture dumps, prompting one Reddit user to quip: "Do S9's come with divorce lawyers?" 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.

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Another S9+ punter chipped in: "Oddly enough, my wife's phone did that last night, and mine did it the night before". The few reports of this bug indicate that the phones are sending the messages without the app recording any trace of an outgoing message.

Both persons are on the same T-Mobile plan and it seems like anecdotes from other Redditors share this couples dynamic.

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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.