Apple has sued a tech startup Corellium, which creates virtual copies of the iOS operating system under the pretext of identifying vulnerabilities.
In a copyright lawsuit filed Thursday in West Palm Beach, Florida, Apple claims that Corellium has copied the iOS operating system, including the user interface and other aspects without permission.
Apple officials say the company supports "honest security research" by offering a "bug reward" of up to $ 1 million. Researchers who can find vulnerabilities in iOS can get it. Moreover, the company provides custom versions of the iPhone to "legitimate" researchers. However, Corellium in the course of its work goes further.
«Although Corellium is positioning itself as a research tool for those trying to identify security vulnerabilities and other shortcomings of Apple software, Corellium's true purpose is to profit. Not only does Corellium help address vulnerabilities, it also encourages its users to sell any disclosed information to third parties", – said in a statement Apple.
According to official data, the Corellium startup is creating virtual copies of iOS to help information security researchers identify vulnerabilities. Apple representatives say the company instead sells any information it receives to third parties who may exploit the vulnerabilities found to their advantage. Apple believes that Corellium has no reason to sell products that can make exact copies of iOS to anyone willing to pay for it.
In the statement of claim, Apple asks the court to prohibit the defendant to sell virtual copies of iOS, as well as to force the company to destroy the already released samples. In addition, all Corellium customers must be notified that they are infringing Apple's copyright. In the event of Apple's victory in court, the company intends to claim damages, the volume of which is not disclosed.
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