Bug in Samsung Messages Causes It to Unknowingly Send Photos to Contacts
Imagine waking up in the morning to find that your entire image gallery is now with another person. Scary, right? That's exactly what happened with some Samsung Galaxy S9 users. A bug in the latest Samsung Messages update is causing some devices to send photos without their owner knowing it. If you thought that was bad, here's the kicker; you can't see it in your sent messages either. Just when we thought Samsung Messages was getting better. The only way to find out is to check carrier logs, and that might not be accessible to everyone. According to the Reddit post that first highlighted the problem
Last night around 2:30 am, my phone sent her my entire photo gallery over text but there was no record of it on my messages app. However, there was record of it on tmobile logs. Why would this happen?
Another user replied, "Oddly enough, my wife's phone did that last night, and mine did it the night before. I think it has something to do with the Samsung SMS app being updated from the Galaxy Store. When her phone texted me her gallery, it didn't show up on her end -- and vice versa." For some users, it was just a few images as opposed to the entire gallery, as another user stated
Huh, something similar happened to me - my phone's battery was super low overnight, so maximum power saving had kicked in from a routine I set with Good Lock, and two or three people had been sent photos (just one each, and they were photos I had sent them in the past). This is on AT&T, and there was a record of it in Pushbullet, but terrifying, to say the least until I confirmed exactly who had been sent what.
A thread on the T-Mobile support page for the Galaxy S9 also highlights the issue. One user speculated that the issue was limited only to people who updated the Samsung Messages app via the Galaxy App store. Only Galaxy S9, S9+ and Note 8 users seem to be affected so far. For now, a workaround is to navigate to Galaxy Apps > Settings > turn off auto updates followed by heading over to Settings > Apps> Samsung Messages > Permissions > Disable Storage. It's only a temporary fix, and we'll have to wait for Samsung to roll out something more permanent. Till that happens, I'd recommend that you encrypt your 20GB 'homework' folder, lest some poor sap in your contact list ends up with its contents.
News Source: Android Police