Your Samsung phone might send nude pictures of you to your contacts without your knowledge.
If you own a Samsung phone, including the Galaxy S9 or the Note 8, your private pictures may be at risk. The phone might be sending photos to your contacts without your knowledge and approval, which does not seem a big deal until you realize you definitely want certain images kept private from some of your contacts. In order words, your phone might send nudes to your mum, dad or even boss which translates to a very big problem.
The cause of this issue is still not known at this point, and Samsung are investigating the matter. While you wait, there are fixes in place if you are a victim.
Posts on Reddit and Samsung’s forums, first reported by Gizmodo, explain that it all happens without the owners knowledge. The photos are sent randomly to contacts and there’s no trace in the Samsung Messages app to prove that it happened. The only proof is the shocking response you might receive from a recipient surprised to see those pictures from you without explanation.
A Reddit user discovered that Samsung Messages sent out his entire photo gallery to a contact in the middle of the night. Luckily it was the user’s spouse, but this behaviour is sill unacceptable.
Samsung says they are looking into the matter:
We are aware of the reports regarding this matter and our technical teams are looking into it. Concerned customers are encouraged to contact us directly at 1-800-SAMSUNG.
A theory that has been given as to why this happens says that Samsung Messages isn’t working correctly with the RCS profile updates that were rolled out recently.
While you wait for Samsung to fix the problem, you can try two temporary fixes yourself. First is to ditch the Samsung Messages and use a different messaging app. Secondly, you should revoke revoke Samsung Messages’ permissions to access your phone’s storage. In either case, just to be on a safer side, you might want to move any compromising photo off your Galaxy phone for the time being.