Journalist Matthew Keys's attorney believes that his punishment is too harsh

By Deana DeLisio,

Matthew Keys’s lawyer, Jay Leiderman, believes that Keys's punishment should not be so severe.

Matthew Keys, a Reuters editor and journalist, is being accused of teaming up with hackers to switch up a Los Angeles Times story, as stated in CBS News.

"No one was hurt, there were no lasting injuries, no one's identify was stolen, lives weren't ruined," said Leiderman, "It was a joke, and I guess a joke will get you 25 years in prison."

Keys, 26, was charged with partnering with hacker group Anonymous in 2010, reports The Associated Press.

Keys reportedly gave the hackers information to access Tribune Co., which is the parent company of the Times.

Keys will be charged with one count each of conspiracy to transmit information to damage a protected computer, and also transmitting and attempting to transmit that information. If he is found guilty, Keys is looking at up to twenty-five years in prison.

"Congress wants harsh penalties doled out for these crimes because they don't want people defacing websites, but there has to be a way that we can bring the law into harmony with the realities of how people use technology today," said Hanni Fakhoury, an attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Keys has tweeted, “I’m okay,” on Friday. His arraignment will be held on April 12.



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