Reuters Editor & Journalist Matthew Keys Indicted for Helping Anonymous Hack LA Times Website

March 14, 2013
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The Department of Justice announced today that Matthew Keys, deputy social media editor at Thomson Reuters, former web producer for a Tribune Company owned TV Station in California, and former employee of a Fox affiliate in Sacramento was charged Thursday for allegedly conspiring with members of Anonymous to hack the Los Angeles Times website. Keys allegedly provided Anonymous with the login credentials.

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Excerpts from the department’s statement reads:

 

A former web producer for a Tribune Company-owned television station in Sacramento, Calif., was charged today in an indictment for allegedly conspiring with members of the hacker group “Anonymous” to hack into and alter a Tribune Company website, the Justice Department announced.

Matthew Keys, 26, of Secaucus, N.J., was charged in the Eastern District of California with one count each of conspiracy to transmit information to damage a protected computer, transmitting information to damage a protected computer and attempted transmission of information to damage a protected computer.The three-count indictment alleges that in December 2010 Keys provided members of the hacker group Anonymous with log-in credentials for a computer server belonging to KTXL FOX 40’s corporate parent, the Tribune Company.

According to the indictment, Keys identified himself on an Internet chat forum as a former Tribune Company employee and provided members of Anonymous with a login and password to the Tribune Company server. After providing log-in credentials, Keys allegedly encouraged the Anonymous members to disrupt the website.

The indictment:

The Matthew Keys Indictment

“If convicted, Keys faces up to 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000 for each count”, the indictment reads.  Adding, “The indictment also contains a notice of forfeiture provision for property traceable to the offense.”

H/T: Mr. @ComgenKDT who hates on cats.

Image: Matthew Keys’ Twitter account.

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