The problem appears to stem from Samsung Messages, as first reported by Gizmodo. The downside is that you'll have to turn permissions on again if you want to send photos or files through the Samsung Messages app. The reports suggest that this bug in the Samsung Messages app doesn't leave any trace behind that it has automatically sent photos from the device to a random person.
Samsung said: "We are aware of the reports regarding this matter and our technical teams are looking into it". Users experiencing this issue can call the company directly at 1-800-SAMSUNG. The good news is, Samsung is aware of the issue and is looking into it.
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KitGuru Says: This is an terrible 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. Some users on the Reddit thread have pointed out turning off Storage access for the Samsung Messages app on their phones will give a temporary fix to the problem. The upside is that taking that step will prevent the phone from sending anything - including photos - that's stored on your phone. "However, there was record of it on tmobile logs".
Many complaints posted online are from people who said they are T-Mobile customers and recently updated Samsung Messages, leading to a theory that the issue may have been triggered by the carrier's recent RCS (Rich Communication Services) updates. The working theory is that this error is something to do with the RCS profile updates that have been rolling out on United States carriers. If you can answer "yes" to both, then you'd better make sure you're using a texting app other than Samsung Messages for the time being.
The complaints have gained some traction on Reddit, in sections dedicated exclusively to Samsung phones.