Furthermore, the messages do not leave any trace that they were sent, leaving phone owners clueless on what just went out of their devices.
A glitch in the latest version of the Samsung Messages texting app that comes pre-installed on all Samsung phones is sending random pictures to users' contacts. Another reported that their device sent photos to their wife.
Gizmodo first reported that on complaints on Reddit and Samsung's hosted forums that images stored on at least a few models of Samsung smartphones had been sent randomly and without warning to people in users' contact lists. Until then, there are two easy fixes for the concerned users: 1. Your other option seems to be switching to a different texting app, like Textra or Google's Android Messages app, which thus far appear to be unaffected. So for Samsung Galaxy users, this means that the best way to now get around the bug is to avoid Samsung Messages entirely or revoke its permission to access your photo gallery. It may be related to a recent T-Mobile profile update to the new RCS text-messaging format.
Samsung and T-Mobile didn't immediately reply to CNET's requests for comment. Is T-Mobile your carrier? This may be a pain, however, because it means if you do want to send photos or files through the app, you need to restore permission in settings again. El Reg asked the chaebol for any explanation, and will let you know if we hear more.
If the scale of this problem is large enough, it might open Samsung to lawsuits due to breach of privacy.
If you're using Samsung's Messages software, and are anxious about unapproved picture texts, find the application in the apps section of your device's settings, then go into its permissions, and disable access to storage.