An American journalist has been found guilty of helping hacktivist group Anonymous deface the website of the Los Angeles Times.
Prosecutors said Matthew Keys, 28, provided the hackers a password to access systems belonging to Tribune Co, the newspaper’s parent company.
Prosecutors said Keys used online chat channels to encourage the hacktivists.
Sentencing will take place in January, but he is not expected to receive the maximum possible sentence of 25 years.
A spokesman for the US Justice Department told Reuters the sentence would likely be less than five years.
Keys’ lawyer said he planned to appeal against the verdict.
Keys was charged with conspiracy to cause damage to a protected computer, transmission of malicious code, and attempted transmission of malicious code. He was found guilty on all three counts.
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