Matthew Keys, Reuters’ social media editor, has been fired. In March, Keys was indicted by the Department of Justice for allegedly aiding Anonymous, the computer hacking group. Keys was charged with giving computer log-in information to Anonymous, who then used it to hack into the Los Angeles Times.
When news of Keys’ indictment broke, Reuters suspended him. According to Keys, he is now officially unemployed:
Just got off the phone. Reuters has fired me, effective today. Our union will be filing a grievance. More soon.
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Matthew Keys, a deputy social media editor at Reuters, has been indicted by the Department of Justice for his alleged involvement with Anonymous, a computer hacking group. Politicoreports that Keys is charged with providing Anonymous members with log-in information to Tribune Company computer servers.
According to a DOJ release, Keys began working with Anonymous when he worked for Fox 40, a Tribune Company network:
Keys identified himself on an Internet chat forum as a former Tribune Company employee and provided members of Anonymous with a login and password to the Tribune Company server. After providing log-in credentials, Keys allegedly encouraged the Anonymous members to disrupt the website. According to the indictment, at least one of the computerhackers used the credentials provided by Keys to log into the Tribune Company server, and ultimately that hacker made changes to the web version of a Los Angeles Times news feature.
Keys’ employment status is currently unknown, but a Reuters employee said his desk was being disassembled and his security pass was deactivated.
The three counts Keys faces each carry a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and fines up to $250,000.
Anonymous, the online hacking group, has inundated several of The Wall Street Journal’s Facebook pages with comments that protest the way it was portrayed in an article published on February 21. The article, “Alert of Hacker Power Play,” details the growing concern among government officials that Anonymous will use its hacking skills to bring about a power outage.
The hacking group didn’t like that, and asked members to post a specific comment on every Journal Facebook page that they could. The attack — which has now ended — started in Germany, but eventually spread stateside. If you check out the Journal’s main Facebook page, you’ll see plenty of this comment:
Anonymous, the anti-Scientology crowd, are celebrating dead bad-sci-fi writer turned bad-religion founder, L. Ron’s birthday next Saturday in the Washington, DC, Wardman Park Marriott hotel–right where the “Church” is having a shindig. From the press-release:
We regret to inform you that due to time constraints, we are forced to hold the convention in the same building as Church of Scientology’s L. Ron Hubbard Birthday Celebration for members of the entire central east coast of the United States
This Saturday in NYC, you can join in the fun across from the Times Square Church of Scientology on W. 46th Street.
In San Francisco, also this Saturday, meet at 701 Montgomery St. at the Transamerica Pyramid from 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM.
When and Where:
3/15 11AM-2PM @ 4810 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA (In front of Big Blue)
We take a three hour “break,” you do your own thing, and we meet at the next location.
3/15 5PM – Whenever @ 665 W Jefferson Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90007 (The Shrine Aud. aka L Ron Hubbard Birthday Party)
11AM-2PM is for us to get traffic’s attention very well. At 5:30PM at the above listed Shriners, doors open for the Church of Scientology’s birthday party for L. Ron Hubbard. His birthday is March 13th.
Cake and cupcakes are welcomed, just don’t be offended if people aren’t eating your food. There is obviously a risk of OSA plants poisoning the food, and no one wants that. Bring sweets for you and your friends, primarily.
No “honk” signs please, that is a police request. Also try to avoid the use of the word “hate” in your signs, as it tends to bring in bad public attention.