Apple filed a lawsuit against Corellium last Thursday. The company creates virtual versions of the Apple iOS operating system in a web browser so users can check for security issues.
In his lawsuit, filed in the Southern District of Florida and first reported by Bloomberg, Apple argued that the Corellium copy of iOS would infringe copyright.
iOS: Apple sees no reason to market perfect copies
"Corellium's business is entirely based on commercializing the illegal copy of the copyrighted operating system and applications running on the iPhone, iPad and other Apple devices," the lawsuit states. Apple points out that Corellium does not have an Apple license.
"There is no reason why Corellium sells a product that allows you to make seemingly perfect copies of Apple's devices for anyone willing to pay for them," Apple wrote.
In its privacy statement, last updated in July, Corellium states that it "respects the intellectual property rights of others and expects our users to do so".
Apple does not want to limit "well-intentioned security studies."
Like many major tech companies, Apple promotes hacking with white hat, where hackers find errors in the code of common products and then report it. Apple motivates this with cash rewards – last week, for example, the company announced a $ 1 million (€ 901,600) sum for people who can hack an iPhone in a certain way.
Apple, in its lawsuit against Corellium, has declared not to deter anyone from pursuing "well-meaning security investigations." However, Apple claimed that Corellium markets its product for other purposes. "Corellium does not help address vulnerabilities but encourages its users to sell all information available on the open market to the highest bidder," the company said.
Corellium suggests hacked iPhones on Ebay for sale
In one example, Apple refers to a tweet from the official Corellium account asking to buy "jailbreak iPhones" on eBay that have removed certain usage restrictions. This allows users to download apps not authorized by Apple.
– Corellium (@CorelliumHQ)
January 22, 2019
Apple also refers to a customer at Corellium, a security company called Azimuth. "It is said that Azimuth's customers are foreign governments, including foreign intelligence agencies," Apple claimed, citing articles from last year's news site "Motherboards."
Apple and Corellium did not comment on the claim at the request of Business Insider.
This article has been translated by Claudia Saatz. You can read the original here.