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Matthew Keys, right, a social media editor who faces federal charges that he allegedly conspired with a hacker to deface the website of the Los Angeles Times, walks out of the federal courthouse after his arraignment with his attorney Jason Leiderman, in Sacramento, Calif., Tuesday, April 23, 2013. Keys pleaded not guilty to charged with giving the hacking group, Anonymous, the log-in credentials to the computer system of the Tribune Co., which owns the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun and other media properties.

Former Fox40 producer pleads not guilty in alleged hacking case

Published: Tuesday, Apr. 23, 2013 - 3:35 pm
Last Modified: Tuesday, Apr. 23, 2013 - 5:31 pm

A former web producer for KTXL FOX40 in Sacramento pleaded not guilty Tuesday to federal charges of conspiring to gain unauthorized access to a server and alter a Los Angeles Times web headline.

Matthew Keys, 26, entered the plea through his attorney, Jason Leiderman, and was ordered released without bail. He is scheduled back in court June 26 for a status conference.

In the courthouse hall after the proceeding, Leiderman said Keys is innocent. Asked why he is sure, the attorney said, "Because he didn't do it."

With Keys looking on, the attorney told reporters his client is not talking to the press. Nor would two women with Keys comment or identify themselves.

The government contends Keys passed on to the hacker group "Anonymous" the log-in credentials to the computer system of The Tribune Co., which owns the Los Angeles Times, FOX40 and other media properties.

Keys did this in December 2010, according to a federal grand jury indictment. Since he is charged in Sacramento, he presumably supplied the information after he was fired two months earlier by FOX40 and before he moved to New Jersey and took a job with the Reuters news agency in New York.

Keys reported Monday via his Twitter account that he had been fired by Thomson Reuters Corp.

Call The Bee's Denny Walsh, (916) 321-1189.

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