Journalist Charged With Aiding Anonymous Hackers

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Matthew Keys, 26, a former Web producer at KTXL FOX 40 and until recently a deputy social media editor for Reuters.com, has been accused of conspiring with members of Anonymous to deface a Tribune Company Web site (the Tribune Company is KTXL FOX 40's corporate parent).

The indictment alleges that Keys gave login credentials for a Tribune Company content management system to members of Anonymous -- and that those credentials were then used to make changes to an article on the Los Angeles Times' Web site. When Keys provided the login credentials, he allegedly told the recipients to "go f**k some s**t up."

The indictment claims that the Tribune Company "spent over $5,000 responding to the attack, conducting a damage assessment, and restoring the system to its prior condition."

Keys has been charged with one count each of 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.

If convicted on all counts, Keys faces up to 25 years in prison, up to nine years of supervised release, and a fine of up to $750,000.

In the meantime, Reuters reports that "a Thomson Reuters employee at the New York office where Keys worked said that his work station was being dismantled and that his security pass had been deactivated."