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Samsung phones experiencing bug

Samsung phones are reportedly experiencing a bug in which photos are being sent to random contacts.

The tech giants have sold millions of phones worldwide, but a handful of users are now experiencing a disastrous bug through their phone's default messaging app, which pushes photos they didn't want to send to seemingly random contacts.

According to several user reports posted on Reddit and the official Samsung forums, the bug is effecting phones including late model devices such as the Galaxy Note 8 and Galaxy S9.

The problem seems to stem from Samsung Messages, the default texting app on Galaxy devices, which is sending pictures stored on the devices to random contacts via SMS.

One user on Reddit even claims that instead of just sending one snap, Samsung Messages sent out their entire photo gallery to a contact in the middle of the night.

Affected users have even reported that the bug doesn't leave any evidence of having sent out a picture, which means people may not know their photos have been released into the wild until it's too late.

As of the time of writing there is no concrete reason as to why the phones are being affected by the bug, however reports seem to suggest that it has been caused by a weird interaction between Samsung Messages and recent RCS profile updates that have rolled out on some carriers.

The goal of RCS (Rich Communication Services) is to enhance the outdated SMS protocol with new features like better media sharing, typing indicators, and read receipts.

Until a solution has been released, Samsung users are being advised to go into their phone's app settings and revoke Samsung Messages' ability to access storage, which will prevent it from accessing anything stored on the device.

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