Apple has decided to end legal action against Corellium, which it previously accused of copyright infringement for selling virtual iPhones for cybersecurity research and software vulnerabilities. The hearing was to begin on August 16 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
The lawsuit was filed back in 2019, Apple intended to close the business selling virtual iPhones. They are used to test mobile applications on computers instead of physical devices. Corellium’s sales team has confirmed that iOS virtual devices are still available.
Apple noted in the statement of claim that Corellium infringes its copyrights, and Corellium products violate the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, effectively equating such products with pirated products. According to the plaintiff, the defendant sold its developments to government departments, which, in turn, were able to detect vulnerabilities in Apple’s software.
David Wang, one of the co-founders of Corellium, did indeed help the FBI unlock an iPhone belonging to the terrorist responsible for the 2015 San Bernardino massacre. True, at that time he was an employee of the Australian company Azimuth security.
Corellium was founded in 2017. It was believed to have made a breakthrough in the cybersecurity sector by eliminating the need to use physical smartphones to conduct research. Already in 2018, Apple tried to take over Corellium, but was refused. Apple claimed that Corellium had to bypass software security to create virtual iPhones, which could be a key point of accusation. However, the defendant rejected these theses.
Apple is positioning its smartphones as secure and secure, but the recent Pegasus spyware incident has shown that things are not so simple. In addition, the company does not allow outside security experts to access the iOS software platform, which makes it very difficult to detect vulnerabilities, and iPhone users cannot always understand that their phones have been jailbroken. Corellium, meanwhile, is offering free virtual iPhones to journalists who have reason to believe they are under surveillance by the authorities.