As you can probably imagine, many are concerned about this issue as having your photos sent to a random contact puts your privacy at risk. It's not clear at the moment if other models are affected. One user on Reddit even claims that instead of sending one pic, Samsung Messages sent out their entire photo gallery to a contact in the middle of the night.
"We encourage any customers who may have questions or concerns to contact their local customer service centre at 0330 726 7864". How and when that happens, is still unclear, but it is not limited to a specific carrier, as customers of both T-Mobile and AT&T have experienced this new "feature".
Samsung has acknowledged the issue and says that its engineers are working on a fix.
Another user wrote on the Samsung forum that the messaging app had become very buggy on the T-Mobile network after a recent update.
News of the problem started showing up in Samsung's community support forums and spread quickly across the techsphere. Troublingly, the app itself seems to have no record of the messages occurring at all, but the occurrences of the issue are visible through users' account usage histories on their carrier website. One of them is switching to a different messaging app. This means you won't be able to send any stored data, like photos or saved messages, through text.
Until a resolution is reached, Samsung owners can go to settings and revoke Samsung Message's permissions to access storage.
KitGuru Says: This is an bad bug to have in your Messaging app, I think it's a nightmare scenario for many people just to have their images dumped to a random contact.