Mobile phone monkey business strikes at another zoo

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

# The monkeys stand for honesty, giraffes are insincere, and the elephants are kindly but they’re dumb  #

First it was Dublin, then Houston, and I’ve heard rumours about Milwaukee too. Now, a zoo in Brownsville, Texas, has been on the wrong end of a bizarre mobile phone spam campaign that has resulted in hundreds of people flooding its switchboard.

The Gladys Porter Zoo was reported to have been thrown into chaos last week after cryptic SMS text messages were sent to thousands of people saying things like

  • Call now someone is looking for you.
  • Call now and we will settle this.

and telling them to call a number.. the number of the Gladys Porter Zoo…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

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