Journalist Matthew Keys sentenced to 2 years for computer hacking

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. 

William Turton

William Turton

Once named one of Forbes’ 20 Under 20 and hired as a staff writer for the Daily Dot when he was still a senior in high school, William Turton is a rising tech reporter focusing on information security, hacking culture, and politics. Since leaving the Daily Dot in April 2016, his work has appeared on Gizmodo, the Outline, and Vice News Tonight on HBO.