"A Bug In Samsung's Default Texting App Is Sending Random Pics To Other People"
by Sam Rutherford
"Sending pictures to others is one of the most basic functions of a smartphone, but when your phone's texting app starts randomly pushing out photos without your knowledge, you have a problem.
And unfortunately, according to a smattering of complaints on Reddit and the official Samsung forums, it seems that's exactly what happened to a handful of Samsung phone users, including owners of late model devices such as the Galaxy Note8 and Galaxy S9.
According to user reports, the problem stems from Samsung Messages, the default texting app on Galaxy devices, which (for reasons that haven't been determined), is erroneously sending pictures stored on the devices to random contacts via SMS.
One user on Reddit even claims that instead of sending one pic, Samsung Messages sent out their entire photo gallery to a contact in the middle of the night.
Luckily for that person (or maybe not), those pictures were sent to their partner. But for others who may have had pics sent to more sensitive recipients such as a business partner or boss, the bug could give other people an unwanted peek into their private life.
The scariest part about this bug is that when Samsung Messages bugs out and sends pics to other people, it reportedly doesn't leave any evidence of it doing so, which means people may not know their photos have been released into the wild until it's too late."