Samsung phones sending photos from user's photo gallery to random contacts

Samsung's logo is seen on a building during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona Spain on Feb. 25 2018

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. The problem turned up on Reddit, spotted by Gizmodo, and then found its way to Samsung's official forums. "My phone's battery was super low overnight so maximum power saving had kicked in from a routine I set with Good Lock, and two or three people had been sent photos (just one each, and they were photos I had sent them in the past)". Users only find out the photos have been sent when they're asked about it. Samsung has said it's now looking into the problem.

"We are aware of the reports regarding this matter and our technical teams are looking into it", Samsung told Gizmodo in a statement. "Concerned customers are encouraged to contact us directly at 1-800-SAMSUNG". The issue right now is that it seems something about the way RCS is handled in Samsung Messages is messing all that up.

If you have a Samsung phone this would seem to be relevant information for you.

Samsung Messages is the default messaging app on Galaxy phones, meaning the bug also affects some owners of the Galaxy Note 8 and Galaxy S9.

'However, there was record of it on TMobile logs.

So far, some of the affected users have pointed fingers to a recent T-Mobile update that including advanced texting features, like read receipts and an indicator that shows when the contact you're messaging is typing. The upside is that taking that step will prevent the phone from sending anything - including photos - that's stored on your phone.

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

For now, it is recommended that users do not update to the latest Samsung Messages app until Samsung fixes the issues. The working theory is that this error is something to do with the RCS profile updates that have been rolling out on U.S. carriers.

Deny storage permissions for Samsung Messages in the Settings, and do not forget to continue to deny them if you open the app! Many users turned to Reddit to voice their complaints.

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