The federal authorities have found a new target in Reuters employee Matthew Keys.
“According to the indictment, Keys identified himself on an Internet chat forum as a former Tribune Company employee and provided members of Anonymous with a login and password to the Tribune Company server,” the DoJ press release reads. “After providing log-in credentials, Keys allegedly encouraged the Anonymous members to disrupt the website. According to the indictment, at least one of the computer hackers used the credentials provided by Keys to log into the Tribune Company server, and ultimately that hacker made changes to the web version of a Los Angeles Times news feature.”
While this appears to be a bit more serious than breaking into a university and downloading some JSTOR files as was the case with Aaron Swartz; we are starting to see a much more aggressive tone being taken by law enforcement in regards to information and intellectual property.
While both Aaron Swartz and Matthew Keys did things that were unlawful, these could be considered a form of protest nonetheless. With Swartz it was all about the open access to information that was continually being put behind closed doors by private corporations. With Keys I’m not sure exactly what his motive was, but considering Anonymous was involved I would assume it to be political.