01net Magazine Associates April, La Quadrature du Net, and the FSF with the "Internet Gang of Crooks"
In its March 31, 2016, issue No. 843, the French "01net magazine" published a special feature on the " Viruses, the surging ones ". In the article titled " We've traced down the Web crooks " (p. 33), the authors try to to understand who is responsible for attacks via ransomware (a software that encrypts data on a victim's hard drive, which can then be unencrypted only following a payment of a ransom) and hides behind this " malicious software ".
In what 01net calls " the pirate family ", we find " the thug 2.0 ", " the hacktivist ", " the spy, " and " the mercenary ", with entity being represented by a drawing of someone.
The mercenary is described as a " highly qualified hacker who sells their abilities to the highest bidder, [...] the mob, intelligence services, or unscrupulous companies [...] ". He is depicted as a man behind a laptop covered with the stickers of the Free Software Foundation (FSF), La Quadrature du Net, and April, and, in particular, those related to the four dangers to Free Software (see article excerpt).
Associating the FSF, La Quadrature du Net, April, their members, and supporters with malicious activity is scandalous. Whereas a malicious program is conceived with the aim of doing harm to an IT system and its user, free software allows for computing that's at the service of the users. The campaigns of the FSF, La Quadrature du Net, and April aim to develop and defend computing freedom and the rights and freedoms of the citizens on the Internet.