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

(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. (Read more Matthew Keys stories.)

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