Reuters Social Media Editor Indicted Over Anonymous Hack

Matthew Keys Indicted on Anonymous Hacking Charges

Matthew Keys, a social media editor for newswire service Reuters has been indicted for his part in an Anonymous hack. Keys helped the hacktivism group break into the Los Angeles Times website towards the end of 2010.

Keys has been charged with various crimes including counts of conspiracy to transmit, transmitting, and attempted transmission of information to damage a protected computer

If found guilty of all crimes Matthews Keys could spend up to ten years in prison, receive up to three years of court mandated supervision and be fined up to $250,000.

Keys use to work for KTXL Fox 40, an affiliate station owned by LA Times owner the Tribune Company. Keys is alleged to have provided Tribune Company logins to Anonymous. Those passwords were used to gain access to the LA Times content management system.

Once inside the system anonymous hackers changed stories on the site and defaced the LA Times homepage for half an hour.

After he was blocked from the system he allegedly attempted to gain access for a second time.

Reuters management is not commenting on the case at this time.

James Kosur

James Kosur has worked in the new media space for the last 10 years, helping many publications build their audiences to millions of monthly readers. He currently serves as the CEO of Aven Enterprises LLC.


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