Ex-Editor Guilty in Hacking Case

Thursday, October 8, 2015 @ 03:10 PM gHale

An ex-Reuters social media editor, is guilty of computer hacking and faces up to 25 years in prison.

Matthew Keys ended up indicted in March 2013 for conspiring with members of the hacker group Anonymous to hack into and alter the website of the Tribune Company-owned KTXL FOX 40 television station in Sacramento, CA, for which he worked as a web producer until late October 2010, when the company terminated him.

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A California jury found him guilty of sharing on an Internet Relay Chat (IRC) channel frequented by hackers the login credentials to the server hosting the site, and urged Anonymous members to tamper with Tribune Company-owned websites.

A member of the collective took the invitation, and made changes to an article on the Los Angeles Times website.

The changed article was online only 40 minutes, but according to Tribune and the U.S. government, this ultimately resulted in the company having to spend nearly a million dollars in order to minimize the damage and prevent further attacks of this kind.

Keys ended up guilty of three separate counts under the Computer Fraud & Abuse Act (CFAA). He is looking at a maximum prison sentence of 25 years, but the office of the U.S. Attorney indicated they will seek a sentence of less than 5 years.

Keys said he will be appealing the conviction. Sentencing will be this coming January.