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Social media editor in court on hacking charges

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – A social media editor who has worked for two of the nation’s largest news-gathering organizations is scheduled to appear in federal court to face charges that he conspired with hackers to deface the website of the Los Angeles Times.

The attorney for 26-year-old Matthew Keys says he will plead not guilty during the arraignment in Sacramento. It will be his first court appearance since charges were filed last month.

Keys is charged with giving the hacking group Anonymous the log-in credentials to the computer system of The Tribune Co., which owns the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun and other media properties.

He was fired by a Sacramento television station owned by Tribune two months before the Times’ website was hacked.

His attorney denies the allegations.

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