Samsung Messages bug causing app to secretly send out photos from gallery
by Joshua Swingle / Jun 28, 2018, 5:07 AM
As reported by the users, Samsung’s app is secretly sending out photos from within the Gallery app to random contacts without consent. In some cases, Galaxy owners are claiming that the messaging service is resending images that have previously been sent to certain contacts, while others claim that the app is even sending out the entire gallery of photos that are presently stored on the smartphone. In either case, however, no log of the messages is shown.
Presently, it’s unclear if the bug is specific to any devices, but it’s worth mentioning that it seems to have appeared after a recent update via Galaxy Apps, and has been primarily affecting users of the Galaxy S9 and S9+ on T-Mobile. Nevertheless, one AT&T user has also reported the same bug, while a Galaxy Note 8 owner reported the same issue too.
Samsung is yet to acknowledge the bug or issue any kind of fix at this moment in time but revoking the app’s storage permission is said to act as a temporary fix. Also, for users who wish to know if they’ve been affected by the bug, they are encouraged to check their messages log with their carrier.
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Such a strange bug !!!! Does even Samsung care about user privacy ?????!!!!
posted on Jun 28, 2018, 5:16 AM 10
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This is how they discover new innovations lol. Samsung has become a pathetic laughing stock.
posted on Jun 28, 2018, 5:40 AM 10
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I wonder what Samsung apologists would have to say now as they keep ranting on every iOS article about bugs, privacy, security etc. Though there are fans of other brands, i seldom find them trolling iPhone related articles. PS - Android fan here, never owned an iOS device in life.
posted on Jun 28, 2018, 5:29 AM 6
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We would say this isn't a Samsung exclusive. A bug between iOS and messengers like whatsapp have been known to send unsoliticted photos into your iCloud photosharing. Similar issues reported in Google photos as well for Android devices.
posted on Jun 28, 2018, 5:40 AM 2
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Eh don't care lots of people have my dick pics already.
posted on Jun 28, 2018, 5:38 AM 2
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This is certainly not the first time something like this has happened, nor will it be the last. There was the report of an Alexa unit emailing a conversation to a friend without the owner's knowledge/consent. And remember the Carrier IQ debacle from around 4 years ago? As we integrate more and more technology into our lives, we are going to find more and more of these types of things going on.
posted on Jun 29, 2018, 8:57 AM 0
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