Samsung phones may be sending pictures to random people

Samsung phones may be sending pictures to random people

Moreover, this is happening without the knowledge and permission of the owner.

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. The issue has been reported on the Galaxy S9, S9 Plus, and the Note 8. The Samsung Messages app doesn't show any sign of sending the photos, meaning the user is completely unaware of the picture messaging. The second fix is to stop using Samsung Messages until the company says the issue has been resolved and switch to a third-party messaging app instead.

The complaints have gained some traction on Reddit, in sections dedicated exclusively to Samsung phones. On Samsung's Galaxy S9 support board, a user said Samsung Messages became buggy after an T-Mobile RCS/advanced messaging update on his phone. They'd only learn about it once the deed is done, but this part is also a bit tricky. The sender is not even notified about what has happened.

A Samsung representative told The Verge that the company is "aware of the reports" and is "looking into it". This is exactly what some Samsung devices are doing as reported by a number of different users online.

On the contrary, other devices can also have the bug.

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T-Mobile has responded to media requests, stating that it is not a "T-Mobile issue" and urging users to contact Samsung.

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 some carriers. There was a record of the message in that person's phone carrier logs, but not within the app.

T-Mobile's new update starts with the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge.

What's unusual though is that it does not show the files have been sent. T-Mobiles representative speaks about the Issue "check in with Samsung on this, it's not a T-Mobile issue".

You should acknowledge that doing this will prevent you from sending multimedia messages via the Messages app until you turn permissions back on. And that is possibly how the photos were being shared without leaving any trace on the Samsung Messages app.

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