tech2 News StaffApr 14, 2016 09:25:03 IST
Matthew Keys, a former Reuters journalist convicted for helping the hacker group Anonymous, has been sentenced to 24 months of prison term.
According to TheVerge, he is set to surrender on 15 June for violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act by providing website login credentials to The Los Angeles Times. He had the credentials to the login information to the joint content management system as at one point be worked for a companion Tribune property, KTXL Fox 40 in Sacramento, California, further adds the report. He later joined Reuters as social media editor, but was fired after charges were filed in March 2013.
After the sentencing, he took to Twitter stating how he would try to change the 'absurd' computer law.
In a post on Medium, he wrote, "I am innocent, and I did not ask for this fight. Nonetheless, I hope that our combined efforts help bring about positive change to rules and regulations that govern our online conduct. As I’ve previously wrote about, nobody should face terrorism charges for passing a Netflix username and password. But under today’s law, prosecutors can use their discretion to bring those exact charges against people—including journalists—whenever they see fit."
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