Ex-Reuters Journalist Gets 2 Years for LA Times Hack

Matthew Keys was accused of providing hackers with login information to a Tribune server in 2013

A former Reuters journalist was sentenced to two years in prison on Wednesday for helping Anonymous hack the Los Angeles Times website, according to the Justice Department, NBC News reported. 

Matthew Keys, 29, was accused in 2013 of providing hackers with login information to a Tribune server to “disrupt” the Times website, the Justice Department said in a statement. Keys worked for a Tribune-owned television station in Sacramento. 

In December 2010, an online Times story on tax cuts was briefly altered. 

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In a post on the website Medium on Wednesday, Keys said he was innocent. But the Justice Department described him as a “disgruntled former employee who used his technical skills to taunt and torment his former employer."

Keys was found guilty of conspiracy to cause damage to a protected computer and other crimes in October.

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