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Samsung phones are texting users’ photos to random contacts, without permission

Samsung phones are texting users’ photos to random contacts, without permission

Samsung smartphone owners have reported an issue with the company's default texting application, which results in their photos being sent to random contacts without their authorisation. It only became apparent after the recipient alerted them.

Samsung have launched an investigating after some users claimed that their phones have started randomly sending photos from their camera roll to contacts without their permission.

While the issue doesn't appear to be widespread, one user on Reddit even reported that their entire photo gallery was erroneously transferred via SMS.

"Oddly enough, my wife's phone did that last night, and mine did it the night before", said Reddit user Sfkn123.

Users who already updated may want to check carrier logs to see if their phone sent out images to random people, and they may also want to disable the app's ability to access the phone's storage so it won't be able to grab photos from the device anymore. Others have reported their phones sending scheduled text messages too early.

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Redditors were quick to point out that most affected phones so far seem to be on T-Mobile, which has recently been upgrading users to the Google-backed RCS "advanced messaging".

In a statement, a Samsung spokesperson said "We are aware of the reports regarding this matter and our technical teams are looking into it".

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

Samsung is now urging concerned customers to call its support lines directly.

T-Mobile reportedly told Gizmodo that "It's not a T-Mobile issue", pointing them back to Samsung. What's clear is that the bug is not device-specific or network-specific, with speculation regarding the cause of the bug revolving around recent Samsung Messages updates.


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