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Social Media Editor Charged With Helping Anonymous Hacker Group

March 15, 2013
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A popular social media editor with the Reuters new agency has been indicted on charges that he conspired with the hacker group Anonymous to break into the network of news company Tribune Co, according to the US Department of Justice.

Matthew Keys, 26, is alleged by prosecutors to have given the hackers login credentials for a computer server at Tribune shortly after he was fired in October 2010 from a TV station owned by the company in California.

Keys, who was suspended Friday by Reuters according to the Huffington Post, allegedly contacted the Anonymous members via an online chat room and after giving them the login details urged them to "go fuck some shit up."

According to the Department of Justice, he worked with Anonymous to "make unauthorized changes to web sites that the Tribune Company used to communicate news features to the public; and to damage computer systems used by the Tribune Company."

His alleged misdeeds came to light when one of the hackers, known by the screen name of Sabu, became an FBI informant last year.

Keys has been charged with three counts related to transmitting information to damage a "protected computer" and faces a total of up to 25 years in prison, nine years of supervised release and a fine of 750,000 dollars if found guilty. Keys is scheduled to appear in federal court in Sacramento on April 12.

Source: Copyright 2013 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

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