The Gainesville Sun reports that a suspect has been identified and has confessed in the case of a mysterious message sent through the University of Florida’s emergency text-message system, campus officials said Jan. 21–though law-enforcement officials are still investigating. A text message reading, "The monkey got out of the cage," was received about 8:45 p.m. Jan. 20 by the cell phones of tens of thousands of current and former UF faculty, staff and students. Many students speculated the message was a racial slur against President Barack Obama, although the man who has admitted sending the message insists the message was sent accidentally and that it was not racially motivated, UF spokesman Steve Orlando said. Orlando said the man who has admitted to sending the text message is a former employee of UF’s text messaging service Mobile Campus, but he could not provide further specifics because of an ongoing criminal investigation. Early indications suggest that UF data were not compromised, he said, adding that the message was not authorized by the university or by Mobile Campus or its partner company, Acceleration. The investigation is focusing on a security breach in Mobile Campus’ system, which sends emergency alerts about hurricanes and campus closings. Mobile Campus has suspended all outgoing messages to determine the cause of the incident and reconfigure its system, according to the company…

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