Man confesses to sending strange text to UF students and staff

10:26 AM, Jan 22, 2009   |    comments
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Gainesville, Florida -- University of Florida officials said a man has confessed to sending a mysterious message through the school's emergency text message system.

UF spokesman Steve Orlando told The Gainesville Sun that the man, a former employee of the university's text messaging service, told investigators the message was sent by accident.

Thousands of current and former faculty, staff and students received a text message reading "The monkey got out of the cage" Tuesday night.

Orlando said it does not appear that university data was compromised.

Authorities are investigating the incident. The university said officials are working to determine which agency has jurisdiction the case.


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