Sacramento journalist guilty of helping hack Los Angeles Times' website

Oct 7, 2015 7:28 PM by News Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A well-known social media journalist has been found guilty of conspiring with the hacking group Anonymous to break into the Los Angeles Times' website and alter a story.

Matthew Keys, age 28, of Vacaville, was convicted Wednesday of giving the group the login credentials to The Tribune Co.'s computer system. The company owns the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun and other media companies.

He was fired by a Sacramento television station owned by Tribune two months before the Times' website was hacked.

Federal prosecutors say he wanted payback. He was fired by the Reuters news agency after charges were filed in 2013.

His attorneys say any alteration was a relatively harmless prank that did not merit charges carrying a maximum penalty of up to 10 years in prison.

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