Matthew Keys and the Future of Cyber Crime

Matthew Keys and the Future of Cyber Crime


KeysMashable reports that social media editor Matthew Keys was sentenced to 20 years in prison, Wednesday, April 13, 2016, for assisting cyber thieves in hacking into The Los Angeles Times. Keys used to work for the LA Times as their website editor.

In 2010, after leaving KTXL Fox 20, where Keys was a web producer for The Tribune-owned network, he gave members of another group, named Anonymous, permission to log into the Times website and change an article. The article was changed to say that a “Chippy 1337” was elected to the U.S. Senate and was changed back to the correct name shortly afterward.

Before his hearing on Wednesday, Keys stated the charges against him were entirely wrong, absurd and without merit. Keys also said that he hopes his previous actions with the hackers change the regulations and rules of how the internet is controlled.

After being sentenced to up to 25 years for violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and facing three felony charges of computer fraud, prosecutors described him, as someone who was searching for vengeance on The Tribune Company that owns the LA Times. The prosecutors originally advised the editor would be sentenced to five years.

Key’s defense team stated he had grown in maturity, since the incident occurred when he was 22 years old, over 5 years ago. The editor is now, 29 years old. His legal team has vowed to continue to challenge the guilty sentence.

By John A. Federico
Edited by Jeanette Smith


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