Feds Crack Down On Corporate Hacking With Keys Conviction

By Allison Grande (October 8, 2015, 9:38 PM EDT) -- The successful criminal prosecution of former Reuters social media editor Matthew Keys is a harsh response by the government to companies' mounting concerns over external threats to their data and indicates that prosecutors will aggressively pursue those who infiltrate corporate networks, regardless of the attack's size or effects, attorneys say.

The prosecution of Keys came to a close on Wednesday, when a California federal jury after a seven-day trial found the 28-year-old guilty of three felonies, including conspiracy to make unauthorized changes to the Tribune Co.'s websites and damage its computer systems, and transmitting malicious code. The charges carry a combined...

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