Apple sues Corellium, the mobile device virtualization company for creating and selling the virtual copies of Apple iOS(iPhone and iPad) and claiming that it helps the white hat hackers discover the security flaws. Apple is suing them under the violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act(DMCA).
Corellium was already sued for copyright infringement by Apple in August and now the recent filing expands this case alleging that the new sale of virtualization software counts as trafficking in copyright protected goods.
This particular software allows users to run various copies of iOS in a desktop environment. The program cannot be run on a phone without conventional connectivity. It allows the researchers to find out how a particular software works in iOS with all minute details.
The case filed by Apple states that ”Corellium’s business is based entirely on commercializing the illegal replication of the copyrighted operating system and applications that run of Apple’s iPhone,iPad, and other Apple devices…Corellium simply copies everything: the code, the graphical user interface, the icons, all of it in exacting detail, providing the users with the tools to do the same”.
This software was recently used to uncover surveillance-related protocols in the United Arab Emirates ToTok App.
The Corellium CEO, Amanda Gorton reacted by saying,” Apple is using this case as a trial balloon in a new angle to crack down on jailbreaking. Across the industry, developers and researchers rely on jailbreaks to test the security of both their own apps and third-party apps testing which cannot be done without a jailbroken device. Not only do researchers and developers rely on jailbreaking to protect end-users but Apple itself has directly benefited from the jailbreak community in a number of ways”.
Apple has declined to comment on this statement.
The jailbreaking by consumers was very common in the past but has declined significantly in recent years and as a result, such apps have closed down. Now, the popular way of installing such apps is through Apple’s enterprise certificate system which leaves the basic iOS architecture intact.
There has been a competition to find gaps in Apple’s control systems an example being Checkm8.
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Via – The Verge