Yikes! If you own one of Samsung's Galaxy smartphones and use the company's messaging app, you may want to change its permissions. According to some reports, an error causes Samsung messages to send random pictures to users' contacts.
According to Reddit users, the error is found on multiple phones. There are reports that Galaxy S9, S9 Plus and Note 8 are affected. One person claims that his entire gallery was sent to his girlfriend in the middle of the night. It also seems that the problem is not limited to a particular carrier, as people on T-Moblie and AT & T have discovered the problem.
What's particularly worrying is that the devices do not contain a record of anything being sent. The only way to know that is to check carrier logs ̵
It seems like the phantom photo sender bug has appeared in Samsung's latest update news, so anyone who has not already done so may want to wait until the company has resolved the issue.
Anyone who has already installed the update should probably disable the memory permissions of Samsung Messages accessing the photo gallery. Just go to Settings> Apps -> Samsung Messages> Permissions> Memory.
Once the permissions are revoked, you will no longer be able to send photos from Messenger, but you can rest assured that your pictures will not appear on the handset of any contact. In the meantime, you might want to try Android Messages, which comes with a helpful web version that lets users send and receive text from a desktop.