Matthew Keys, an ex-employee with KTXL Fox 40 in Sacramento, has been convicted under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) on three hacking charges. The actual hacking was purported to have been carried out by members of the “Anonymous” Internet vigilante group. Keys is facing up to 25 years in prison and $750,000 in fines for the controversial CFAA charges: “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.”
While working with KTXL,Matthew Keys had access to Tribune servers that were shared with the Los Angeles Times, reports the Department of Justice. He is reported to have shared his login credentials in a chat room with members of Anonymous and at least one of group used the information to access Tribune servers and vandalize an L.A. Times post.
Edward Snowden, an ex-National Security Agency employee, who became notorious for leaking thousands of sensitive documents purporting to show wide-scale violations of U.S. law at the agency, as reported by CNN, tweeted with regard to Matthew Key’s conviction.
Snowden is wanted by U.S. authorities and is currently in exile in Russia. Recent reports suggest that he is willing to plea bargain with authorities and willing to serve jail time, if allowed to return to the United States.