Matthew Keys, the deputy editor of social media for Reuters, was suspended one day after a federal court charged him of helping hacktivist group Anonymous hack into news websites owned by the Tribune Company. Reuters announced the news on Friday.
The hacking events by Anonymous, Keys was charged of helping, took place in 2010. Keys had allegedly handed over his account login credentials to a member of Anonymous, and told them to “go fuck some shit up.” Keys’ account was later used to deface a story in Los Angeles Times.
Keys had written about his interaction with a leading Anonymous member, Hector Xavier Monsegur, also known as Sabu. Monsegur was later found to be an informant, and pointed to Keys in the LA Times hacking case.
Although suspended from Reuters, Keys has remain active on Twitter in the mean time. He has confirmed that two computer crime experts – Jay Leiderman and Tor Ekeland – will represent him in court.
Proponents of free internet are comparing the case with that of Aaron Swartz. The Atlantic Wire ran the story title “The Matthew Keys Case Shows Just How Big a Bully the Feds Can Be” yesterday. The Electronic Frontier Foundation wrote in a blog post, “this case underscores how computer crimes are prosecuted much more harshly than analogous crimes in the physical world.”
Matthew Keys will be arraigned on April 12 in Sacramento. If the charges against him prove to have merit, then he might face a sentence of 25 years in jail and $750,000 in fine.
Thanks to : Mashable