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“This is first case where I’ve heard of someone leaking stuff to Anonymous to have a site defaced, instead of defacing it himself,” said Clifford Neuman, director of University of Southern California Center for Computer Systems Security. “He found some way to achieve his ends of defacing the website without having to do it himself.”

A spokesman for the Chicago-based Tribune Co. declined to comment.

According to KeysFacebook profile, he is single, lives in New York City and works at Reuters‘ New York office, where “I get paid to use Twitter and Facebook at work.”

Reuters, a unit of New York-based Thomson Reuters Corp., has been expanding its business in the United States. This year, six of the Tribune’s seven newspapers dropped The Associated Press for Reuters, citing cost savings. The Los Angeles Times stayed with AP.

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AP National Writer Martha Mendoza in Santa Cruz contributed to this report