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Matthew Keys Leaves Jail but CFAA Reform Will have to Wait

Accepted submission by canopic jug at 2018-03-13 07:25:32 from the where-are-they-now dept.
Digital Liberty

Journalist Matthew Keys has been released from the Satellite Prison Camp Atwater, in Atwater, California, a few months early.

As Ars reported previously, Keys was accused and convicted of handing over a username and password for his former employer KTXL Fox 40's content management system (CMS) to members of Anonymous and instructing people there to "fuck some shit up." Ultimately, that December 2010 incident resulted in someone else using those credentials to alter a headline and sub-headline on a Los Angeles Times article. (Both Fox 40 and the Times are owned by the Tribune Media Company.) The changes lasted for 40 minutes before editors reversed them.

[...] While he had initially wanted to challenge the oft-maligned federal law under which he was convicted, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, Keys said his case was ultimately not the right one to bring such a challenge.

Keys and his legal team ultimately decided not to pursue an appeal to the Supreme Court after losing at the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeal in June 2017. Within the next few months he will begin supervised release and will be able to resume work.

From Ars Technica : Matthew Keys, now freed from prison, is ready to get back to journalism []

and previously : Former Reuters Journalist Matthew Keys Found Guilty of Three Counts of Hacking [sic] [].

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