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Journalist Matthew Keys Sentenced to 2 Years for Sharing Login Info with Anonymous

HeadlineApr 14, 2016

And journalist Matthew Keys has been sentenced to two years in prison in a hacking case that has drawn protests from civil liberties groups. Keys was convicted in October of giving the hacker group Anonymous the username and password of his former employer, the Tribune Company. A hacker then used the credentials to alter the online headline on a Los Angeles Times story from “Pressure Builds in House to Pass Tax-Cut Package” to “Pressure Builds in House to Elect CHIPPY 37,” a reference to another hacking group. The change lasted about 40 minutes. Keys had faced up to 25 years in prison. After Keys’ sentencing Wednesday, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden was among those to tweet his support, writing, “Two years for a web defacement lasting 40 minutes.” Supporters say Keys’ plight shows the need to reform the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, the sweeping, decades-old law also used to charge activist Aaron Swartz. Swartz committed suicide in 2013 while facing up to 35 years in prison for downloading millions of academic articles.

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