Samsung Phone "Bug" Secretly Sent Photos To Random Contacts

If you own a Samsung Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+ or the Note 8, you better be careful: Because those nudes your girlfriend sent you just might end up in the inboxes of your friends and family, too. Though hopefully this glitch will soon be fixed, as Samsung is reportedly scrambling to fix a bug in its messaging service that is causing photos to be sent without the user's authorization.

As the Inquirer pointed out, perhaps the most disturbing aspect of the glitch is that the (inadvertent) sender likely won't be aware that the photos were ever sent, unless the recipient tells them.

One user reportedly had his entire photo gallery sent to his girlfriend in the middle of the night, and others have taken to online forums with similar complains, according to Sputnik.

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If you or someone you know owns one of these phones, here's how to check whether you've been impacted by this glitch:

If you want to check if it has already happened to you, take a look at the log files for your device in your phone account. That's the easy bit - it's not showing up in message history on devices, but your carrier will still be delighted to bill you for it, so that's a good place to start.

That's not to say that it's a carrier issue, by the way, it looks like a bug in the most recent update of the app. And it's not the first time that Samsung Messages has borked either.

And if you have been impacted, here's a temporary fix that should hold until Samsung releases a patch:

If you want to workaround until there's a fix, go into the permissions for Samsung Messages (in the settings menu of the phone) and turn off the phone's permission to access the storage from your phone. That should nip it straight in the bud.

Samsung hasn't officially acknowledged the bug - at least not yet. And it's unclear when a fix will be available.

Comments

RioGrandeImports infotechsailor Sun, 07/01/2018 - 14:37 Permalink

Signal is the pre-eminent public app. But it doesnt stop you from sending images to other people Signal unless your permissions are turned off for access to your storage. If the other person uses signal and you have shared keys The encryption is to prevent the middlemen from seeing your communications plaintext without devoting energy inputs to decrypt it.

I'm not implying you don't know this btw...

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gregga777 nope-1004 Fri, 06/29/2018 - 15:53 Permalink

A few years ago I was investigated one of these so-called dating sites. I found photographs of the same 'models' listed under different names, in at least three or four cities, in every Southern state. All told the same 'models' must have had at least 30 or 40 fake accounts each. I was really impressed at the sheer scale of the fraud. 

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Faeriedust GeezerGeek Fri, 06/29/2018 - 20:15 Permalink

LOL.  Who in the world dials into AOL?

I live in a gorgeous old farmhouse in the middle of forestry/timber lands.  I have cell phone service and tower-based internet.  A simple free antivirus program.  And no problems.  Maybe because I refuse my devices the permission to do things without my personal approval.  I simply don't believe that AI has yet developed the judgment to exercise its own discretion yet.  Think of it as a small, curious child, and keep dangerous things out of its reach.

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Captain Nemo d… HRH of Aquitaine 2.0 Fri, 06/29/2018 - 16:15 Permalink

Note 2.

Was getting someone an S8 as a gift a couple of years ago or so. Sales rep got nostalgic when he saw the Note 2 saying that that had been his first smartphone and that seeing it was bringing up so many memories.

The first thing that happened while setting up the S8: all pictures started to get posted online automatically. Probably pressed the wrong button for the many Yes/No boxes in setup but who knows.

I will wait till I see software with a bug that avoids sending data to Facebook to change the phone.

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