Reuters Journalist Denies Aiding Anonymous Hackers

Former Reuters deputy social media editor Matthew Keys, who has been charged with providing members of Anonymous with login credentials for a Tribune Company content management system that were then used to deface the Los Angeles Times’ Web site, recently posted a categorical denial of the charges on Facebook.

“I did not give a username and a password to anyone,” Keys wrote. “I did not ‘conspire’ to ’cause damage to a protected computer.’ I did not cause ‘transmission of malicious code,’ and I did not ‘attempt’ to cause ‘transmission of malicious code.’ My attorneys have said much of the same over the past few days, but I feel it might mean more coming from me directly.”

Earlier, Keys had posted the following: “Some … are reporting, or at one point did report, that I was arrested. That is not true. I have never been arrested in connection with this case. I have never been arrested in my life. An indictment is not an arrest. Legal issues are complex and confusing. I don’t fault anyone for initially reporting an arrest, but it’s simply not true.”

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 of all charges, he faces up to 25 years in prison and a fine of up to $750,000.

Jeff Goldman
Jeff Goldman
Jeff Goldman has been a technology journalist for more than 20 years and an eSecurity Planet contributor since 2009.

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