Matthew Keys CFAA Legal Defense Fund

United States v. Matthew Keys, 2:13-CR-00082 (E.D. Ca.) (KJM)


We Need Your Help in Defending Matthew Keys from the Government’s Computer Fraud and Abuse Act Prosecution

The Department of Justice (DOJ) is prosecuting former Reuters Social Media Editor Matthew Keys under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act for allegedly conspiring with, and aiding and abetting, Anonymous, in the alteration of a paragraph of a Los Angeles Times website article. The paragraph reads as follows:

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For this, Matthew Keys faces a maximum sentence of 25 years in jail and $750,000.00 in fines.  On April 23, 2013, he pleaded not guilty to all charges.


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Matthew Keys CFAA Indictment: What Happened

On March 14, 2013 a grand jury sitting in the Eastern District of California indicted former Reuters Social Media Editor Matthew Keys for allegedly violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. The Indictment charges that between on or about December 8th through the 15th, 2010 Keys conspired to “cause the transmission of a program, information, code, and command” in order to intentionally damage a computer. The Indictment also charges Keys with actually transmitting the “program, information or command” as well as aiding and abetting in its transmission. The maximum penalty is 25 years in jail on all counts and a $750,000.00 fine.

What We Need Money For

Recognizing the importance of the case, Tor Ekeland, P.C. and Jay Leiderman Law agreed to represent Keys on a shoe string budget. We will spend countless hours and our limited funds on trying to win at trial while at the same time establishing a record for appeal. We  need funds to cover, among other things:

  • Legal fees
  • Legal Assistants
  • Legal Research Databases
  • Discovery Costs
  • Filing fees
  • Subpoena Costs
  • Transcript Fees
  • Jury Consultants
  • Expert Witnesses
  • Trial Graphics
  • Copying
  • Transportation to and lodging in the Eastern District of California. (The Court is in Sacramento.)
  • Other costs and expenses reasonably related to the case.

Donations to this legal defense fund are not tax deductible and will become the sole property of, and be used at the sole discretion of, Tor Ekeland, P.C.  Feel free to contact us if you have any questions regarding this at:  If you can help with funding this important case, please click the link below and donate to the cause. The government’s draconian prosecutions under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act need to be stopped!

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Why This Is Important

Lately, the government has been aggressively enforcing the Computer Fraud and Abuse act in what many consider an excessive fashion.  Aaron Swartz was indicted over a trivial matter, Andrew Auernheimer was sentenced to 41 months for unauthorized access to a protected computer when he never hacked a password, and now Matthew Keys faces up to 25 years in jail because a LA Times article had some words changed in it for no more than half an hour.