Reuters Employee Indicted for Helping Anonymous Hack L.A. Times Website

By Cameron Scott 

A social media manager for Reuters, who had previously worked for the Tribune company, has been indicted for allegedly helping a member of the hacker group Anonymous access the website of the Los Angeles Times.

The indictment stems from events in late 2010, shortly after Matthew Keys, 26, had been fired from his job as a web producer at Fox 40, which, like the Los Angeles Times, belongs to the Tribune. The password had apparently not been changed after his departure.

Keys allegedly interacted with a member of Anonymous in an IRC chat room, providing him or her with the log-in information for the Tribune’s content management system. The hacker, who used the handle Sharpie, altered a single news story on the Times website, but was allegedly planning a larger attack.

Keys is being indicted for conspiracy and faces a maximum punishment of 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.