Journalist Found Guilty of Hacking LA TimesAdded: Friday, October 9th, 2015
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Matthew Keys, 28, has been found guilty of hacking into the Los Angeles Times’ website and altering one of their stories with the help of Anonymous group.
It was found that the well-known social media journalist provided Anonymous with the login credentials to the Tribune Company’s computer system. Tribune Company is known for owning the Baltimore Sun, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and other media companies.
Matthew Keys had been fired by Tribune-owned Fox affiliate KTXL-TV two months before LA Times was hacked. According to prosecutors, the journalist wanted payback. Keys was also fired by the Reuters news agency after charges were filed in 2013. The court found that the Anonymous used the login information the journalist posted in a chat room in order to gain access to computers and alter a story dated December 2010. The investigators believe that Matthew Keys encouraged the hacking and praised the results.
In response, Keys’ attorneys pointed out that any alteration was just a harmless prank, which did not merit charges implying a maximum penalty of up to 10 years of jail time. They also claimed that the journalist would appeal the ruling. However, the prosecutors explained that as a first-time offender, Keys would face far less time in prison, if any at all.
The court pointed out that the case in question has drawn much attention because of the defendant’s employment in the news media. For the rest, it was an ordinary case about a disgruntled employee who used his technical skills to revenge his former employer.
The plaintiffs claimed that the hacking cost Tribune about $18,000 for the 333 hours employees spent responding to the hack, while Keys argued that restoring the original story took less than an hour, which made the cost fall below the $5,000 loss required to make the violation a felony.
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