Reuters web producer, Matthew Keys, has been accused of conspiring with the hacker group Anonymous to allow them access to the LA Times, owned by the Tribune Company.
Keys, a former employee of the Tribune Company station KTXL FOX 40, allegedly supplied Anonymous with log-in details for its computer server, telling them to "go fuck some shit up”.
The hackers then accessed and altered at least one LA Times story on its website.
Keys has been indicted in a California district court. If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000 for each count.
A Reuters spokeswoman said the company was reviewing the matter but pointed out that the alleged action occurred more than a year before Keys joined. Keys has been working with Reuters for just over a year.