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Matthew Keys Convicted of Leak Resulting in LA Times Hacking

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Matthew Keys when he was deputy social media editor for Reuters.com. (Reuters/Staff )

By    |   Thursday, 08 Oct 2015 08:06 AM

Journalist Matthew Keys was found guilty Wednesday of three computer fraud felonies that led to the temporary defacement of an article on the Tribune Company's Los Angeles Times website after he left a job at a sister television station in California.

The Washington Post reported that Keys was indicted in 2013 for entering an Anonymous-affiliated chatroom, supplying his former employer's username and password, and telling them to "go f*** some s*** up."

The end result was the alteration of a Los Angeles Times article for less than an hour. The alterations made the article largely unintelligible.

Keys, 28, could face up to 25 years in prison upon sentencing, which is scheduled for January.

"He shouldn’t be doing a day in jail," said Jay Leiderman, Keys' attorney. "With love and respect, [The Times’] story was defaced for 40 minutes when someone found it and fixed it in three minutes. What do you want, a year a minute?"

Prosecutors said they are likely to ask for a prison sentence of less than five years.

"Although this case has drawn attention because of Matthew Keys’ employment in the news media, this was simply a case about a disgruntled employee who used his technical skills to taunt and torment his former employer," U.S. Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner said in a statement.

"Although he did no lasting damage, Keys did interfere with the business of news organizations, and caused the Tribune Company to spend thousands of dollars protecting its servers. Those who use the Internet to carry out personal vendettas against former employers should know that there are consequences for such conduct."

Edward Snowden, the former NSA employee who famous leaked the organizations activities, took to Twitter on Wednesday to comment on the case.



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Journalist Matthew Keys was found guilty Wednesday of three computer fraud felonies that led to the temporary defacement of an article on the Tribune Company's Los Angeles Times website after he left a job at a sister television station in California.
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