Matthew Keys, the deputy social media editor for Reuters who was indicted this week for allegedly helping hackers get access to the Los Angeles Times website, is a resident of Secaucus.
An FBI spokeswoman told New York Magazine that the federal agency executed a search warrant on the 26-year-old’s Secaucus home in October.
[Keys set up a webcam in October during Hurricane Sandy to log the storm’s damage to Secaucus. ]
Keys was indicted March 14 for allegedly conspiring with the prominent hacker group Anonymous when he worked as a web producer for KTXL Fox40 in California in late late 2010. He later took a job with Reuters in New York and moved to Secaucus, his current residence, according to Tthe U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of California.
“I am fine,” he said March 14 in a message via Twitter. “I found out the same way most of you did: From Twitter. Tonight I’m going to take a break. Tomorrow, business as usual.”
Keys, 26, is charged 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.
The conspiracy charge carries of a 5-year max and $250K fine, as well as supervised released. The latter two counts carry a maximum of 10 years in prison and fine of $250K, as well as three years of supervised released.