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Glitch on Samsung messaging app sends photos to random contacts without authorization

July 4, 2018  |  Posted by: Michael Falzarano
Glitch on Samsung messaging app sends photos to random contacts without authorization

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Samsung is reportedly scrambling to fix a bug in its Galaxy phones messaging service that sends users photos to random people in a person’s contact’s list without a user’s authorization.

According to ZeroHedge, the default texting app on Galaxy devices, including the Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9 Plus or Note8 has for unknown reasons been sending pictures stored on devices inadvertently to random contacts via SMS text messages.

Scores of users have taken to Samsung’s online forums to report the glitch.

One user complained that his entire photo gallery was sent to his girlfriend in the middle of the night while others have reported similar complaints.

The company has yet to confirm the glitch or when an update fixing the bug will be available.

Until an update repairing the glitch is available,  Samsung owners could possibly prevent phones from sending sensitive images to random contacts by opening the phone’s app settings and removing Samsung Messages’ ability to access storage.

Another preventive option is to switch to texting apps such as Android Messages or Textra, which have (so far) not been affected by the glitch.

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