Police catch man in “Monkey got out of the cage” case

Graham Cluley

A man has confessed to police that he sent a text message saying “The Monkey got of the cage” that was spammed out to cellphone users at the University of Florida on Tuesday.

The man, who has not been named, is a former employee of Mobile Campus – the firm that provides the emergency text messaging service to allow university authorities to send emergency SMS text messages to students and staff.

He has confessed to sending the message, although he claims it was not intended to be racist. There had been speculation that the message was intended as a racist slur on the inauguration of US President Barack Obama earlier in the day. However, the man has told police that he was an Obama supporter.

Instead, the man – who may have computer…

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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, on Mastodon at @[email protected], or drop him an email.