Former Reuters Social Media Editor Convicted of Aiding L.A. Times Hack

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Former Reuters social media editor Matthew Keys (R) arrives at the federal courthouse April 23, 2013 in Sacramento. (Credit: Max Whittaker/Getty Images)

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Matthew Keys, former deputy social media editor for the Reuters news agency, was convicted Wednesday for his role in a conspiracy to hack Los Angeles Times and Tribune Co. servers.

Keys, 28, who also was a web producer for KTXL Fox 40 in Sacramento, a Tribune-owned television station, provided members of the hacker group Anonymous with login information for Tribune servers in 2010.

Minutes after his conviction was announced, Keys tweeted a profanity. His attorney’s law office, Jay Leiderman Law, tweeted that they plan to appeal.

Though Keys faces up to 25 years in prison at his sentencing, U.S. attorney’s office spokeswoman Lauren Horwood said prosecutors are “likely” to seek less than five years.

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