Not Good: Samsung Phones Texting Photos to Random People

Not Good: Samsung Phones Texting Photos to Random People

Samsung's Messages app bundled with the South Korean giant's latest smartphones and tablets may silently send people's private photos to random contacts, it is claimed.

Reports of the unprecedented fault emerged on Reddit and Samsung help forums this week, with one man claiming his entire photo gallery of at least 50 images had been sent to his girlfriend as he slept.

T-Mobile reportedly told Gizmodo that "It's not a T-Mobile issue", pointing them back to Samsung. He also added that he has never used the Shared tab in Samsung Gallery app, which lets users send photos through messaging apps, email or social media without leaving their photo gallery. Both they and other Reddit users who reported the same problem found no record of the messages having been sent, either.

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.

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Samsung has confirmed that it is aware of the reports, and a spokesperson said in a statement that the company is looking into whether there's root cause.

Samsung and T-Mobile didn't immediately reply to CNET's requests for comment. "Concerned customers are encouraged to contact us directly at 1-800-SAMSUNG".

So we're asking - is this affecting you?

If you're using Samsung's Messages software, and are anxious about unapproved picture texts, find the application in the apps section of your device's settings, then go into its permissions, and disable access to storage. There was a record of the message in that person's phone carrier logs, but not within the app.

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