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Journalist Matthew Keys receives 24-month prison sentence for aiding Anonymous

By Shawn Knight ยท 17 replies
Apr 14, 2016
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  1. Former Reuters journalist Matthew Keys has been sentenced to two years in federal prison for his alleged involvement in helping the hacking group Anonymous gain access to the Los Angeles Times’ website.

    Keys, who contends he is innocent and was simply working on an article about Anonymous instead of helping them, was facing up to 25 years behind bars. Instead, he received a 24-month sentence followed by two years of supervised release.

    In 2013, Keys was indicted by the US Justice Department which claimed he provided login credentials that allowed Anonymous members to gain access to the LA Times’ website. Someone used the credentials to change the headline of a story from “Pressure Builds in House to Pass Tax-Cut Package” to “Pressure Builds in House to Elect CHIPPY 1337,” which is a reference to another hacking collective.

    The headline remained live on the LA Times’ site for approximately 40 minutes before editors noticed and corrected it.

    Keys said on Twitter shortly after the conviction that he and his legal team plan on filing a motion to stay the sentence. In a post on Medium, Keys said he is innocent and didn’t ask for this fight but hopes to bring about positive change to rules and regulations that govern online conduct.

    Supporters point to the absurdity of dated laws that put Keys at risk of spending 25 years in prison for simply being allegedly associated with modifying a headline on a website. One Twitter support said it was insane that there are rapists and murderers doing less time.

    Keys is scheduled to surrender on June 15.

    Image courtesy Rich Pedroncelli, Associated Press

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  2. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 2,200   +1,625

    Welcome to America, where you are better off killing someone than stealing movies.
    robb213 and VitalyT like this.
  3. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 4,479   +3,037

    25 years for a misplaced password? Why not the gas chamber?
    lipe123 likes this.
  4. lipe123

    lipe123 TS Evangelist Posts: 799   +334

    I thought its the firing squad nowdays since the gas chamber was too inhumane and not cost effective for one person at a time.
    VitalyT likes this.
  5. dms96960

    dms96960 TS Guru Posts: 322   +77

    years???? lol
  6. robb213

    robb213 TS Evangelist Posts: 348   +114

    Which is really sad.

    Some person here in CT gave their baby whiskey or something, for whatever reason. Obviously the baby died. Guy only gets a few years. The I read another story about an IP infringement, and it looked liked a 10+ year conviction for running a small seed box.

    Only in 'Murica.
    stewi0001 likes this.
  7. JetFixxxer

    JetFixxxer TS Enthusiast Posts: 44   +8

    This is so true.
    stewi0001 likes this.
  8. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 14,972   +4,009

    If this guy actually got the 25 years, I could understand why you're going on about lack of justice.

    The guy got a deuce. Run on about that, not simply the joy of inflating your ePinion.

    The clowns here think there should be no legal jeopardy for illegals acts on line. Or for that matter, nothing done online should be illegal.

    Why not just shut up, and run for congress? I'm sure they'll be great progress afoot with you in the Capitol!
    psycros likes this.
  9. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 2,717   +2,517

    Oh, these moaning mongoloids want justice..for anyone *except* pseudo-anarchist liberals like this millennial ******* of a reporter. These social justice warriors should get a pass, you see.
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  10. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 14,972   +4,009

    I would have gone with the more pejorative and perfunctory, "SJW's". Typing it out only adds to their self importance...
  11. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,286

    Indeed, or at least The Rack.
  12. robb213

    robb213 TS Evangelist Posts: 348   +114

    Right. I can't talk about the original 25 year pursuit. God forbid I talk about anything earlier in the case, especially in a comments section.

    But yes, considering he only has 24 months now he just needs to take it. If anything I'd rather see time added on for that for being greedy.

    Right?! I totally said that.
  13. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 14,972   +4,009

    Virtually everything in Fed Title 18 is 5 years minimum, and up to $250.000 dollars fine. I don't see the point of reacting to, or sensationalizing, a possible maximum sentence as a platform to attack the justice system as a whole. So, when some other rookie journalist starts spouting inflated predictions of doom and protracted incarceration, is it altogether necessary for "Chicken Little" to start a mini-revolution?

    Absolutely, positively, you can "comment" in the "comments section". In fact, where would I be without you?:p

    Well yeah, a deuce at "club fed" should net a "camp out", nothing with too much barbed wire.

    OTOH, when these clowns start trying to hack something like the Pentagon, or Langley, then perhaps it is time to level those treason and espionage charges, and do the best to make them stick, long term.
    Last edited: Apr 15, 2016
  14. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,401   +627

    Does anyone believe he will actually serve the full 24 months? Let's have a show of hands.
  15. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 14,972   +4,009

    Assuming nothing else happens, fed time is minimum 85% of the sentence. With no successful appeal or clemency of any kind, that would be 21 months, give or take.
  16. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 11,400   +5,021

    That's assuming he never tries on a body bag.
  17. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 14,972   +4,009

    Judging by the looks of him, he'll probably just need a few band-aids for his behind, now and then.:eek:

    (You do realize a two year fed bit for white collar crime doesn't exactly land you in a super-max, right)?

    IIRC, this is where they sent John Dean: https://www.bop.gov/locations/institutions/alf/

    Last edited: Apr 16, 2016
  18. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 11,400   +5,021

    No, I didn't. Thanks for the info.

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