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Reuters suspends Matthews Keys after LA Times Anonymous hacking indictment

A screencap of Matthew Keys' Facebook page.
A screencap of Matthew Keys' Facebook page.

News agency Reuters has suspended with pay a deputy social media editor after he was indicted on federal charges of abetting the hacking his former employer and the Los Angeles Times.

Reuters spokesman David Girardin told The Associated Press Friday that Matthew Keys was suspended on Thursday with pay. He did not elaborate.

Federal authorities allege that in December 2010, Keys provided hackers affiliated with the group Anonymous with login information to access the computer system of the Tribune Co. Tribune is the parent company of the Times and also owns Sacramento television station KTXL station, where Keys was fired from months before.

Reuters hired Keys in 2012. He didn't return a phone call or respond to email messages seeking comment.

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated Matthew Keys' first name as Michael. We regret the error.