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    Reuters editor Matthew Keys accused of aiding group Anonymous' hack of Trib Co. site

    The world of social media journalism was in shock Thursday after Matthew Keys — deputy social media editor for Reuters — received a federal indictment alleging that he helped Anonymous hack his former employers.

    Keys, 26, is a popular figure on Twitter, with 23,000 followers and a reputation for tweeting breaking news.
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    Feds Charge Reuters Editor With Aiding Anonymous Attack (mashable.com)

    Reuters editor Matthew Keys accused of helping Anonymous hack news site (Guardian)
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    According to a federal indictment first obtained by the Huffington Post, 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 f*** some sh** up", the indictment says.
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    The hacker accessed at least one Los Angeles Times story and altered it, the charges say.
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    If convicted, Keys faces up to 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000 for each count.

    Keys is charged with one count each of conspiracy to transmit information to damage a protected computer, transmitting information to damage a protected computer and attempted transmission of information to damage a protected computer.

    Keys has worked at Reuters just over a year. He has a widespread following on Twitter among journalists.
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    more at the links

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    According to the federal grand jury indictment handed down in Sacramento, a hacker altered a Times news story posted Dec. 14 and 15, 2010, to read "Pressure builds in House to elect CHIPPY 1337."
    http://bigstory.ap.org/article/forme...ged-conspiracy

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    HuffingtonPost has a copy of the indictment here:

    http://big.assets.huffingtonpost.com...Indictment.pdf

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    Matthew RT'd his own indictment:
    Breaking News ‏@BreakingNews
    Deputy Reuters editor indicted for conspiring with hacker group Anonymous,
    Justice Department announces - @politico http://politi.co/12TS2g6
    Retweeted by Matthew Keys

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    ....and how he learned of the indictment:
    Matthew Keys ‏@TheMatthewKeys
    I am fine. I found out the same way most of you did: From Twitter. Tonight I'm going to take a break. Tomorrow, business as usual.

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    So is there any credence to the allegations? This is my main go-to guy for live news updates. AESCracked is linked to him? Scapegoat?

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    I can't see him saying "go and f*** some sh** up" to hackers. JMO
    I call BS and that anonymous hacked in without help from Keys.

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    The government have already given us one Aaron Swartz. Intent here fairly clear: take down another, this one popular in the social media/journalist crew. Sends message, no matter what charge they attach.

    Yes, MK also my go-to for breaking news. Only 26 so this alleged act - he would have been no older than 24. I myself was wild at that age.

    And it allegedly produced this?
    Pressure builds in House to elect CHIPPY 1337

    House Democratic leader Steny Hoyer sees 'very good things' in the deal cut which will
    see uber skid Chippy 1337 take his rightful place, as head of the Senate, reluctant House
    Democrats told to SUCK IT UP.

    By CHIPPYS NO1 FAN
    Oh, fear and loathing run rampant in the land! ah! the academy in peril! etc. etc.

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    Adrian Chen ‏@AdrianChen
    Here's the DOJ statement on @thematthewkeys. Says he gave login credentials for his old work to Anonymous hackers
    Retweeted by Matthew Keys
    http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2013/M...3-crm-311.html

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    The company did not comment on Keys's employment status. However, a Thomson Reuters employee at the New York office where Keys worked said that his computer was being dismantled and that his security pass had been deactivated.
    http://mobile.reuters.com/article/id...30315?irpc=932


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    The Reuters article is the best so far and a recent correction says:

    "(This story corrects wording of fifth paragraph to make clear that work station, not computer, was being dismantled)"

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    Jay Leiderman
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    The rumors are true @TorEkelandPC and I will be representing @TheMatthewKeys

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    (Reuters) - Suspended Thomson Reuters employee Matthew Keys, indicted Thursday on federal hacking charges involving the group Anonymous, "maintains his innocence," his attorney told Reuters on Friday.

    New York-based attorney Tor Ekeland said Keys "looks forward to contesting these baseless charges."
    http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/...92E0EV20130315

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    Wow. Mathew Keys I read it too. I didn't know all of this stuff but do follow him on twitter. I've quoted him too. He usually has the news out first or added info. hmmm


    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/0...6pLid%3D284640

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    Weird. These cms's are far from secure. Doubt any experienced network system penetrator would've had any trouble getting into a large CMS like this one, fmr employee's credentials not required or even desired really.

    One major security flaw is the tendency to use default passwords that never get changed (often some iteration of the username e.g., for John Smith, jsmithfall2012) and a lack of vigilance in enforcing password policies and, in this case, not deleting the ex-employee's account on termination.

    I'm guessing that they (the DOJ) decided to follow through with this to

    (i) have the deal they cut with Sabu Hector Xavier Monsegur bear as much fruit as possible;

    tho they've had the goods on Keys for almost 2 years now. these events took place from December 2010 to March 2011, and Sabu was turned out by the FBI in June of 2011.

    (ii) like the prosecutions of celebs like Willie Nelson/Wesley Snipes/Martha Stewart, the DOJ likes to throw the book at--or even prosecute in the first place--high profile defendants as a means of "visible deterrence".

    If Keys weren't a visible public figure--I've never heard of him before, but in the context of the web, he appears to be sufficiently high profile that prosecuting him is a significant news event--he'd probably have rec'd a visit from the FBI and a stern talking to and that would've been that.



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