Matthew Keys, Reuters Journalist, Charged with Conspiring With Anonymous

Matthew Keys, Reuters Journalist, Charged with Conspiring With Anonymous

Deputy social media editor at media group Thomson Reuters, Matthew Keys has been charged in a federal indictment for conspiring with members of the hacker group Anonymous. Keys is a 26-year old from Secaucus, New Jersey. According to a press release by the Department of Justice, the case was investigated by the Sacramento and Los Angeles FBI Field Offices. 

The indictment indicates that Keys provided log-in credentials to the Tribune Company server after contacting members of the hacker group over a website. Keys encouraged Anonymous members to disrupt the company website which in at least one case resulted in changes to a Los Angeles Times news feature.

According to the Department of Justice, if Keys is convicted he can face a fine of $250,000 for each count and up to 10 years in prison. He is facing counts 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 story is still developing, but you can read the full indictment here

 

 

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