SACRAMENTO (AP/CBS SF) — A well-known Northern California social media journalist has been sentenced to two years in federal prison after he was convicted of conspiring with the hacking group Anonymous to break into the Los Angeles Times’ website and alter a story.
Federal prosecutors in Sacramento say despite his role in the news media, 29-year-old Matthew Keys of Vacaville was simply a disgruntled employee striking back at his former employer.READ MORE: Fawn Fire Update: 'I See My Life Gone'; Thousands Forced To Evacuate; Arson Suspected As Blaze Burns Homes
U.S. District Judge Kimberly Mueller sentenced him Wednesday after he was convicted of providing login credentials to The Tribune Co.’s computer system.READ MORE: UPDATE: Early Morning Crash Shuts Down Lanes On San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge
The company owns the Los Angeles Times and FOX affiliate KTXL-TV in Sacramento, where Keys worked until he was fired two months before the 2010 hacking.
When charges were filed in 2013, he was fired from his then-employer, the Reuters news agency.MORE NEWS: 'Highway Slingshot Shooter' Fires Ball Bearings at Windows Along San Jose's Guadalupe Freeway
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