Reuters Suspends Editor Accused of Aiding Hackers
Matthew Keys, 26, faces up to 25 years in prison
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 14, 2013 6:37 PM CDT
Updated Mar 15, 2013 5:41 PM CDT
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(Newser) – A social media editor for Reuters is in hot water, accused of exacting revenge on a former employer by helping Anonymous hack it. Federal prosecutors say Matthew Keys, 26, passed along log-in credentials to servers owned by the Tribune Co., reports the Guardian. His Anonymous pal allegedly used them to access the website of the Los Angeles Times, which is owned by Tribune, and mess up a story in 2010. (You can see a tweeted image of the "edited" story here.)

Reuters has suspended Keys with pay but he is still tweeting about the story, reports Mashable. Keys had recently been fired as a web producer from KTXL Fox 40 in Sacramento, another Tribune company. Prosecutors have chat logs in which Keys encouraged the group to wreak havoc on Tribune, according to the indictment. Keys faces up to 25 years in prison on the three hacking-related counts and up to $750,000 in fines. The Huffington Post has the full indictment.

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pranaphish
Mar 15, 2013 6:39 PM CDT
How sensitive was this information? The crime doesn't sound so bad, like a violent or perverted crime so why the harsh punishment? Seriously something has to change. I hope anonymous runs for office! Imagine that a campaign with no face!
nikeboy52
Mar 15, 2013 12:31 PM CDT
Lol no @newser-7d4b7b63be0cae05dab9fcbb20a24d45:disqus I like the American Law... Instead of offering hackers and other intellectual criminals jobs, that outsmart the gov. They just let them rot in prison then wonder why we have no intellectualism in tech and get hacked by China.. I like in this country you can be rapist or drug dealer, and go to prison for less time no justice is served only Tyranny.... "Oh yeaa merica" let the idiots run this country enjoy being suppressed.....
phlanx06
Mar 15, 2013 7:25 AM CDT
Wow our justice system is screwed up when the two boys who "possibly" raped a girl go to prison for maybe only 5 years but someone gives a hacker group information to a newspaper and suddenly its 25 years in prison...we really need to evaluate our system.