Matthew Keys, social media editor for the Reuters was charged with conspiring with the notorious hacker group “Anonymous” to break into the Tribune Co.’s computer network. He was named as one of TIME’s top 140 Twitter users in the world last year.
He was fired in October 2010 from his job as a web producer at Tribune-owned California station KTXL FOX 40. Then he allegedly posted to Anonymous members in an online chat urging them to “go f— some s— up” with his login credentials.
Reuters hired Matthew Keys in 2012 as a deputy editor for social media. A post on his Twitter account says: “I am fine. I found out the same way most of you did: From Twitter. Tonight I’m going to take a break. Tomorrow, business as usual.”
Matthew Keys is charged with supplying hackers in December 2010 with the login credentials to the computer network of Tribune Co., which owns the Los Angeles Times, the FBI said
An Anonymous hacker ultimately made changes to the Web version of a news article by the Los Angeles Times, another Tribune property, the DOJ said. The hacker altered the headline in the story to read, “Pressure builds in House to elect CHIPPY 1337,” according to the indictment.
In an online chat, Keys responded, “nice,” according to a transcript included in the indictment.
“It was part of the conspiracy to log in without authorization to Tribune Company’s content management system for the purpose of learning how to alter and damage it,” the indictment states.
He could face as much as 25 years of jail time over federal charges accusing him of conspiring with members of the hacker group Anonymous to hack into a Tribune website.
David Girardin, a Thomson Reuters spokesperson told POLITICO: “We are aware of the charges brought by the Department of Justice against Matthew Keys, an employee of our news organization… Thomson Reuters is committed to obeying the rules and regulations in every jurisdiction in which it operates. Any legal violations, or failures to comply with the company’s own strict set of principles and standards, can result in disciplinary action. We would also observe the indictment alleges the conduct occurred in December 2010; Mr. Keys joined Reuters in 2012, and while investigations continue we will have no further comment.”