The Justice Department announced the charges Thursday, stating that 26-year old Matthew Keys provided hackers associated with the collective the login credentials for a computer server belonging to the Tribune Company, the corporate parent of Sacramento-based television station KTXL FOX 40. Keys had been a Web producer for the station, but was terminated in late October 2010.
The Tribune Company is the parent company of some of the nation’s most well-known newspapers, including Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Orlando Sentinel and the Baltimore Sun.
The Justice Department said in a press release that Keys was “was charged in the Eastern District of California with one count each of conspiracy to transmit information to damage a protected computer, transmitting information to damage a protected computer and attempted transmission of information to damage a protected computer.”
He could face up to “10 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000 for each count.”
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