Matthew Keys was sentenced to two years in prison on Wednesday after being convicted of conspiring with the hacking group Anonymous to break into the Los Angeles Times' website and alter a story.
Federal prosecutors in Sacramento say despite his role in the news media, 29-year-old Keys, of Vacaville, Calif., was simply a disgruntled employee striking back at his former employer.
He was convicted of providing log-in credentials to Tribune Co.'s computer system.
The company owns the Los Angeles Times and FOX affiliate KTXL-TV in Sacramento, where Keys worked until he was fired two months before the 2010 hacking.
When charges were filed in 2013, he was fired by his then-employer, Reuters news agency.
His attorneys called the hacking a relatively harmless prank.
The court recommended that Keys serve his sentence at a federal prison in Lompoc, documents show.
The Associated Press was used in compiling this report.