Samsung Galaxy S9 sending users private pictures to people

Some owners of Samsung phones say their devices have started spontaneously sending their photos to a random contact.

Only users who updated to the latest version appear to be affected, according to users who discovered and reported the issue on the /r/GalaxyNote8 subreddit.

Frighteningly, the app doesn't even show users that the files have been sent - they're only finding out when they get a response from the recipient of the random photos. The apparent bug isn't always texting out one or two photos from the user's stream: In some cases, it's exporting their entire gallery. However, T-Mobile told Gizmodo that the whole thing is "not a T-Mobile issue". These text messages also included photos stored in their respective devices, reports Gizmodo.

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's smartphones may not be randomly bursting into flames now, but a odd and creepy new problem has appeared: some users are having photos randomly and quietly sent to other people.

Some Samsung users are complaining that their smartphones randomly sent photos and scheduled texts to contacts. "However, there was record of it on tmobile logs".

If you use a Samsung Galaxy smartphone, you may want to pay a visit to your phone's settings (Settings- Apps- Samsung Messages- Permissions- Storage) and deny Samsung Messages the ability to access your phone's storage. The seemingly misbehaving app is the default messaging tool on Samsung's Android devices.

T-Mobile issued its update for the Google-backed system this week to US Samsung handsets, fueling speculation it was behind the bug. The Samsung Messages app doesn't show any sign of sending the photos, meaning the user is completely unaware of the picture messaging.

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