A reporter for Thomson Reuters (NYSE:TRI) has been indicted on conspiracy charges concerning his contacts with the hacking group Anonymous.
Matthew Keys is charged — and could get 10 years in prison — with three counts concerning the hacking of computers at his former employer The Tribune Co. (PINK:TRBAA), reports Reuters.
According to the indictment, Keys conspired to provide Anonymous with access to websites belonging to The Tribune Co. and that the group used it to alter at least one story that was available to the public. In the alteration, a candidate’s name in a headline for The Los Angeles Times was changed to “Chippy1337.”
The indictment also says Keys had bragged that he had “penetrated” chat rooms used by the hacking group. This occurred soon after Keys was fired from the Tribune-owned TV station, Fox 40. Following that, Keys allegedly told a source that he knew of upcoming attacks on the website of The Los Angeles Times. Two days later, the story was altered.
Thomson Reuters is not commenting on the case or Keys’ employment status other than to release a statement saying that, “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.”
A source says Keys’ computer is being “dismantled” and that his security access has been cut off.
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