Keys pleads innocent to Anonymous conspiracy charges

Share this article:

A journalist who was fired this week from Reuters pleaded innocent Tuesday to charges that he conspired with hacktivist group Anonymous to aid in the defacement of the Los Angeles Times website.

Matthew Keys, 26, was indicted last month when federal officials accused him of giving hackers from Anonymous login information to the Tribune Co. server, which allegedly led to the site defacement.

Keys was a former web producer for KTXL FOX 40, a Sacramento-based television station owned by the Tribune Co..

He initially was suspended with pay after news broke of the allegations, but was fired Monday. Keys, the former deputy social media editor at Reuters, has pledged to fight the termination, arguing that Reuters blamed his independent coverage of the Boston bombings as a reason to fire him when the news service actually wanted to dismiss him because of the indictment.

Share this article:

Sign up to our newsletters

More in News

Brazilian president signs internet 'Bill of Rights' into law

Brazilian president signs internet 'Bill of Rights' into ...

President Dilma Rousseff signed the legislation on Wednesday at the NetMundial conference in Sao Paulo.

Android trojan sends premium SMS messages, targets U.S. users for first time

Android trojan sends premium SMS messages, targets U.S. ...

An SMS trojan for Android, known as FakeInst, has been observed sending premium SMS messages to users all over the world, including, for the first time, the United States.

Report: DDoS up in Q4 2013, vulnerability scanners leveraged to exploit sites

Report: DDoS up in Q4 2013, vulnerability scanners ...

Researchers observed 346 DDoS attacks in the final quarter of 2013 and attackers used Vega and Skipfish vulnerability scanners to exploit web flaws at financial companies.