Reuters Editor Accused Of Helping Hacktivist Site ‘Anonymous’

The Digital Millennium Coalition Act could be the web 3.0 bible for many this year.

Reuters web producer Matthew Keys, 26, has been indicted in a California district court for allegedly conspiring with the hacktivist group ‘Anonymous’ to access and alter a website of the Tribune Company.

According to his former employer, Keys used a chat site to pass information to Anonymous. Using the name AESCracked, Keys handed over the login credentials and told hackers to “go fuck some shit up,” the indictment says. Keys couldn’t be reached for comment, but the company was reviewing the matter.

The hacker access at least one Los Angeles Times story and altered it, the charges says. Morgan Little (Times web producer) tweeted a screenshot of his employer’s page from the day of the hack Keys allegedly helped facilitate. The indictment reproduces long sections of a purported chat between Keys and an ‘Anonymous’ member called “sharpie”.

“That was such a buzz having my edit on the LA Times,” sharpie writes, according to the document.

If convicted, Keys faces up to 10 years in prison (yes, a real prison not a digital one), three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000 for each count. Make sure you read up on the rules and stay on point!

Props: U.S. Dept. of Justice