Journalist sentenced to two years for aiding computer hackers

By PATRICIA ZENGERLE, LESLEY WROUGHTON/REUTERS
April 14, 2016 02:06

 
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A US judge sentenced journalist Matthew Keys to two years in prison for helping members of the Anonymous hacking collective gain access to a former employer's computers, a spokeswoman for the US Department of Justice said on Wednesday.

Keys was indicted in 2013 for conspiracy to cause damage to a protected computer and two other counts, after being accused of giving hackers access to Tribune computer systems in December 2010. He was found guilty by a California jury last October.

The Justice Department had requested a five-year sentence, while Keys sought probation.

Jay Leiderman, an attorney for Keys, said they will ask that Keys remain free while they challenge U.S. computer fraud laws in the appeals courts.

"Ultimately we just hope Matthew is OK," Leiderman said.

A spokesman for Tribune Media Co could not be reached for comment.

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