- Apple filed a complaint against a security startup.
- Apple has deemed the product an infringement of its copyrighted smartphone and iPad operating system.
- Demand has made by Apple for an injunction on Corellium.
Infringement of copyright is done by a cybersecurity startup, Apple claims. They are disobeying the copyright by illegally replicating iPhone software.
A lawsuit has been filed by Apple against a security startup for what the Cupertino company claims is illegal replication of the iPhone operating system, iOS.
Corellium is the startup. It was first revealed by Forbes in February 2018, when the husband-wife founded company came out of stealth. Its product provides “virtualized” versions of iOS.
Such software-only versions of the Apple operating systems are incredibly valuable for security researchers.
For instance, it is possible to use Corellium to pause the operating system and analyze what is happening at the code level. It is called “magic” by some in the industry, as it should help security researchers uncover vulnerabilities with greater ease and speed than having to work with a commercial iPhone.
According to the reports, Apple has deemed the product an infringement of its copyrighted smartphone and iPad operating system.
Apple’s lawyers argued that Corellium had not obtained the necessary license or permission from the iPhone maker, according to a filing published on Thursday.
The company wrote in its complaint, “Corellium’s conduct plainly infringes Apple’s copyrights”.
Adding to its statement, “Corellium has simply copied everything: the code, the graphical user interface, the icons-all of it, in exacting detail…For a million dollars a year, Corellium will even deliver a ‘private’ installation of its product to any buyer. There is no basis for Corellium to be selling a product that allows the creation of avowedly perfect replicas of Apple’s devices to anyone willing to pay.”
In its complaint, which cities Forbes’ previous coverage, Apple said that it was not trying to harm honest security research but to end what it claimed was Corellium’s illegal commercialization of iOS.
It is demanding an order on Corellium, preventing it from selling or marketing its tools. Apple wants Corellium to pay for any lost profits it may have suffered as a result of the start-up’s business.
Corellium was co-founded by CEO Amanda Gorton and her husband, who is a noted iPhone hacker Chris Wade, declined to comment at the time of publication. Although, Apple had not responded to a request for comment.
The legal complaint comes as Apple announced the released of iPhones that would make it easier for hackers to tinker with iOS, as first revealed by Forbes earlier this month.
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