legal battles


Reuters Editor Indicted for Helping Hackers Break Into Tribune Co.

A Reuters social media editor on Thursday was charged with helping hackers break into the Tribune Co.’s network shortly after he was fired from a Sacramento television station in Fall 2010.

A U.S. Eastern District grand jury in Sacramento handed down a three-count indictment against Matthew Keys, 26, of Secaucas, N.J., for conspiracy to transmit information to damage a protected computer and transmitting or attempting to transmit that information. The combined counts carry a potential penalty of 25 years’ imprisonment and $750,000 in fines.

Reuters Editor Indicted for Allegedly Helping Hackers Break Into Tribune Co.

UPDATE — One of Matthew Keys’ lawyers told The Huffington Post on Friday that his client was working as an “undercover” journalist when he engaged members of Anonymous in an IRC channel offering login credentials for Tribune Co. servers.

Keys, 26, of Secaucas, N.J., was suspended with pay from Reuters news service on Thursday after the social media editor was charged with helping hackers break into the Tribune Co.’s network shortly after he was fired from a Sacramento television station in Fall 2010.

Subscribe to our newsletter, Threatpost Today!

Get the latest breaking news delivered daily to your inbox.