Apple is suing a cybersecurity startup which was started by an iPhone ‘hacker’ for illegally replicating iOS, the iPhone’s operating system. According to a report by Forbes, Corellium is a startup that gives consumers an opportunity to interact with a ‘software iPhone’, a virtual iOS device that runs all the iOS firmware. The Forbes report further states that such ‘software-only’ versions of iOS are very useful for security researchers. Corellium reportedly has the ability to pause iOs and figure out what’s really happening at the code level.
Apple in its legal complaint notes that, “ The product Corellium offers is a “virtual” version of Apple mobile hardware products, accessible to anyone with a web browser. Specifically, Corellium serves up what it touts as a perfect digital facsimile of a broad range of Apple’s market-leading devices—recreating with fastidious attention to detail not just the way the operating system and applications appear visually to bona fide purchasers, but also the underlying computer code.” The company has alleged that Corellium does “so with no license or permission from Apple.”
Further, it said that, “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.”
Apple also said that its intention wasn’t to stifle honest security research but the “illegal commercialisation of iOS” was a big issue. The company wants an injunction on the startup and demands that it from selling or marketing its tools. Corellium, as per Apple’s demands, should also pay for any lost profits it “may have suffered as a result of the start-up business.”
Founded in 2014, Corellium was set up by noted iPhone hacker Chris Wade and his wife Amanda Gorton and they haven’t made any comment on Apple suing them.―Times of India