Samsung texting app secretly sending users’ photos to random contacts

by Gabriel E. Hall - -

Bug in the Samsung texting app sends Gallery photos to random users

Samsung texting app bug

At the end of June, in various forums like Reddit and Samsung community people started complaining about a bug in their phones. According to their reports, it keeps sending the content of their Gallery to random users vis the app called Default texting. This procedure is mostly implemented without victim's consent who can become aware of the fact that someone received his/her personal photos only if the recipient informs about the content.

Few users got lucky as this happened between them and their partner, but others were not that fortunate. Also, there were a few cases involving the whole Gallery, not just a few photos

The issue might be linked with T-Mobile[1], and the RCS[2] messaging updates as the most of affected phones were the newest Samsung versions like Galaxy S7, S7 Edge, and Galaxy S8, S9. However, T-Mobile was not the only provider involved.

The biggest harm is that after this “leak” of private photos the victim is not notified about the loss. The only way for the victim to know that this happened is if the people who received those photos answer the sender directly. 

Samsung needed to take this seriously, and the issue was taken into consideration. The company is encouraging affected people to call directly via 1-800-SAMSUNG contact. 

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.

Not the first nor the only security bug dealing with private information

Earlier, in June, Facebook got involved in similar privacy scandal[3] when more than 14 million users' posts were made public. This social media platform already was under the radar because of multiple privacy issues this ear. This bug worked when you posted something on your Facebook. Privacy settings of who can see the post were changed each time you posted anything new.

The same month, another bug dealing with Facebook and Microsoft Edge was discovered. Because of this vulnerability, the potential attacker could read Users' Facebook feed or emails without ay consent. This attack could help the hacker to use a specific site designed to exploit CVE-2018-8235 vulnerability through the chosen browser.

A few months back another social media platform Twitter had a similar attack. The company disclosed that internal system bug was discovered. This bug allowed to store passwords in a text. It was announced that there was no data breach and that Twitter fixed the bug successfully. 

Security bug explained

Security bug is a software defect that can be exploited to get access to a computer system. The bugs commonly happen because of software bugs that introduce security vulnerabilities when compromising with:

  • Confidentiality;
  • The integrity of data;
  • Authorization[4];
  • Authentication[5].

These security and privacy bugs can be avoided. Vulnerabilities can be exposed if secure coding practices are not a priority. Servers should be reviewed for possible local firewall rules or unnecessary running services. Well configured Firewall is needed in general. 

For the companies, it is important to educate the staff about technical issues too. Many issues are not so easily fixable but also common. Educating your workers is a good defense method. Password managing tools, a routine of not storing personal information can be helpful. Organization-wide anti-virus solution provides a base layer of security.

Prevent websites, ISP, and other parties from tracking you

Private Internet Access is a VPN that can prevent your Internet Service Provider, the government, and third-parties from tracking your online and allow you to stay completely anonymous. The software provides dedicated servers for torrenting and streaming, ensuring optimal performance and not slowing you down. You can also bypass geo-restrictions and view such services as Netflix, BBC, Disney+, and other popular streaming services without limitations, regardless of where you are.

A VPN is also crucial when it comes to user privacy. Online trackers such as cookies can not only be used by social media platforms and other websites but also your Internet Service Provider and the government. Even if you apply the most secure settings via your web browser, you can still be tracked via apps that you are connected to the internet. Besides, privacy-focused browsers like Tor is are not an optimal choice due to diminished connection speed.

Therefore, to stay completely anonymous and prevent the ISP and the government from spying on you, you should employ Private Internet Access VPN. It will allow you to connect to the internet while being completely anonymous, prevent trackers, ads, as well as malicious content. Most importantly, you will prevent the illegal surveillance activities that NSA and other governmental institutions are performing behind your back.

 

Recover your lost files quickly

Unforeseen circumstances can happen at any time while using the computer: it can turn off due to a power cut, a Blue Screen of Death (BSoD) can occur, or random Windows updates can decide to reboot the machine when you went away for a few minutes. As a result, your schoolwork, important documents, and other data might be lost.

Additionally, you might also be attacked by malware that can corrupt your Windows or encrypt files with a robust encryption algorithm, and ask for a ransom in Bitcoin for the decryption tool. Cybercriminals might not deliver what they promised, however, so it is better to attempt alternative file recovery methods that could help you to retrieve at least some portion of the lost data.

Data recovery software is one of the options that could help you recover your files. Once you delete a file, it does not vanish into thin air – it remains on your system as long as no new data is written on top of it. Data Recovery Pro is recovery software that searchers for working copies of deleted files within your hard drive. By using the tool, you can prevent loss of valuable documents, school work, personal pictures, and other crucial files.

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Gabriel E. Hall
Gabriel E. Hall - Passionate computer expert

Gabriel E. Hall is an expert troubleshooter who has been working in the information technology industry for years.

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