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Journalist Matthew Keys sentenced to 24 months for helping Anonymous

Related to the hacking of the LA Times.

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Matthew Keys, the former Reuters journalist who was convicted last year for aiding the hacker group Anonymous, was sentenced to 24 months in prison today. Keys faced up to a possible 25 years for three counts of hacking. His conviction has become yet another high-profile example of the often eager and heavy-handed use of dated federal laws used to turn online crimes from misdemeanors into felonies. Following his sentence, Keys will be on supervised release. He is set to surrender on June 15th.

Keys was found guilty in October 2015 for violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act by providing website login credentials to the Los Angeles Times, a Tribune Media-owned newspaper.

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This article originally appeared on Recode.net.

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