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A Samsung Messaging Bug Might Be Texting Random Contacts Your Private Photos

04 July 2018

A "nightmare glitch" has hit some users of Samsung phones and is sending user's photos to random contacts. It only became apparent after the recipient alerted them.

Complaints posted on Samsung's customer service portal and on digital forum Reddit suggest that the issue relates to the default messaging app, which is typically used to sent SMS text messages.

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

"We are aware of the reports regarding this matter and our technical teams are looking into it", a Samsung spokesman told us. Devices like the Galaxy S9 and Note 8 have been affected, users said.

Numerous incidents seem to be affecting phones with T-Mobile, a carrier that recently rolled out updates with their RCS "advanced messaging" service.

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Observations from some users showed the issue did not happen on other messaging apps.

As for Samsung, the company has admitted that there's a problem, adding that it's looking into how to go about sorting it out. The working theory is that this error is something to do with the RCS profile updates that have been rolling out on USA carriers.

For now, Samsung smartphone users are advised to revoke storage access permission from Messages through the device's app settings until the bug can be patched up.

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T-Mobile, one of the carriers that have implemented RCS, says "It's not a T-Mobile issue", and is referring users back to Samsung.