Samsung's Messaging app is texting photos to random contacts
Some reporting random photos were sent without consent 😳
Posted on July 3, 2018 8:30 PM.
If you have a Samsung, you might want to delete photos any you don't want shared 👀
Some users are reporting its default messaging app is texting photos from their albums to random contacts, without their permission 😳
The worst part?
The GuardianSamuel Gibbs
The Samsung Messages app doesn’t show any sign of sending the photos, meaning the user is completely unaware of the picture messaging.
In one instance, a Reddit user said that his Galaxy S9+ sent his entire photo gallery to his girlfriend in the middle of the night. Another user said that both his and his wife’s phones spontaneously sent photos to each other.
Samsung is looking into the issue, with initial reports indicating the bug is affecting some Galaxy S9/S9+, and Note 8 phones.
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. The goal of RCS (Rich Communication Services) is to enhance the outdated SMS protocol with new features like better media sharing, typing indicators, and read receipts. The issue right now is that it seems something about the way RCS is handled in Samsung Messages is messing all that up.
The VergeAshley Carman
When reached for comment, a T-Mobile spokesperson told The Verge to “check in with Samsung on this, it’s not a T-Mobile issue.”
Until Samsung pushes a fix, Samsung owners can revoke Samsung Messages' ability to access your device's storage in the settings, or switch to a different texting app, like Android Messages. Good luck out there 🙏
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