If you have a Samsung phone running Android Oreo (8.0+) you might be affected by a new bug. Some users are reporting that the recently updated default messaging app is sending photos from their gallery to random contacts.
You did read that correctly. Some users are claiming that some of their photos were sent to random contacts. With one particular case claiming that their entire gallery was sent to their girlfriend. The creepy part is that the user has no record that it has happened. The users only found out after the contacts brought it to their attention. The users that are experiencing this problem are reporting that the messages were sent through the default messaging app. This is leading to conclusions that the problem stems from a recent update which added Rich Communication Services (RCS). RCS modernises SMS, which allowing messages to resemble online messages. One of the added features is being able to send pictures.
What can I do about this?
For now, the best advice we can offer is going to Settings, and disable the default messaging apps permissions to access your storage. Or use a different messaging app entirely, such as Google’s own Android Messages. While the issue has been mainly reported on the Samsung S9 and S9+, we’d still recommend switching apps for now.
Have you been affected by this bug? Let us know in the comments below.