Journalist Matthew Keys sentenced to 2 years for computer hacking

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Anonymous-linked reporter was convicted in October.

Journalist Matthew Keys, who was convicted in October on three counts of computer hacking, was sentenced to 24 months in prison today. 

Keys was convicted of giving Anonymous-linked hackers the login credentials to the Los Angeles Times website. Those credentials were used to deface a headline on one article, making it read: "Pressure builds in House to elect CHIPPY 1337." 

The federal government was seeking a five-year prison term. 

The sentencing turned out to be more dramatic than expected, and, for a moment, looked as if the judge may be lenient with Keys's sentence. 

Sarah Jeong, a Motherboard reporter, livetweeted the trial. 

The Daily Dot has reached out to Keys's lawyer, Jay Liderman, and will update should we hear back. 

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Reuters' Matthew Keys charged with conspiring with Anonymous
Matthew Keys, deputy social media editor at Thompson Reuters and one of the storied news organization's most recognizable young faces, has been indicted on charges he conspired with members of the hacking group Anonymous, the Justice Department announced today.
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