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Reuters employee charged for conspiracy with hacking group Anonymous

Matthew Keys, a deputy social media editor at Reuters (or Thomson Reuters as it’s now called), has been charged in a federal indictment for allegedly conspiring with members of the hacking group “Anonymous”to hack into the Los Angeles Times.

Keys was in fact a former employee of the Los Angeles Times and their parent corporation, Tribune Company.

"According to the indictment, Keys identified himself on an Internet chat forum as a former Tribune Company employee and provided members of Anonymous with a login and password to the Tribune Company server," the United States Department of Justice said. "After providing log-in credentials, Keys allegedly encouraged the Anonymous members to disrupt the website. According to the indictment, at least one of the computer hackers used the credentials provided by Keys to log into the Tribune Company server, and ultimately that hacker made changes to the web version of a Los Angeles Times news feature."

Keys faces three counts. Conspiracy to transmit information to damage a protected computer, transmitting information to damage a protected computer and, attempted transmission of information to damage a protected computer.

"Each of the two substantive counts carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000. The conspiracy count carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000," continued the Justice Department. The indictment also contains a notice of forfeiture provision for property traceable to the offense.

The authorities seem to have intercepted multiple communications between Keys and the hackers.

The one deeply disappointing element of this whole story is how ridiculously juvenile the hacking actually was. If you had romanticised the likes of Anonymous into a sort of Wikileaks with more balaclavas and less slimy megalomaniacs, prepare to be disappointed. The edits to LA Times articles did not include critical political awareness or catalysts for debate. This was a prime example of an edit to an existing article on their site

"Pressure builds in House to elect CHIPP1337. House Democratic leader Steny Hoyer sees 'very good things' in the deal cut which will see uber skid Chippy 1337 take his rightful place, as head of the Senate, reluctant House Democrats told to SUCK IT UP. By CHIPPYS No1 fan."

Nice to know Chippy is fearlessly keeping the fourth estate real

Written by Cyrus Bozorgmehr - Google+ Profile - More articles by Cyrus Bozorgmehr

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