Journalist facing $250K restitution

Matthew Keys was convicted under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.
Matthew Keys was convicted under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

A Reuters journalist convicted of hacking is facing a fine of $250K to pay back the employer he violated, according to Motherboard.

In October 2015, Matthew Keys was convicted under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act for pasting user credentials to the CMS system of his employer into a chat room of hacktivist collective Anonymous. An unidentified hacker used those to deface the site of the LA Times.

Keys received a two-year sentence, which his lawyers are requesting to have suspended pending an appeal. Keys denies allegations and claims his confession was given while under the influence of sleep medication.

The fine, levied by the probation office, is based on estimates of damage compiled by the Tribune Company, but Keys's lawyers argue the sum is erroneous.

Keys has been ordered to report to prison. However, his lawyers filed a motion for continued release pending his appeal.

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