Apple filed a lawsuit suit on Thursday in the Southern District of Florida Florida against Corellium – a company that creates virtual versions of Apple’s operating system, iOS, within a web browser so people can test it for security flaws.
In the suit, Apple alleged that Corellium’s replication of iOS constitutes copyright infringement.
“Corellium’s business is based entirely on commercializing the illegal replication of the copyrighted operating system and applications that run on Apple’s iPhone, iPad, and other Apple devices,” the suit said. It added that Corellium had no licence from Apple.
“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 wrote in the suit.
Apple pointed to a tweet from Corellium’s official account as an example. Apple said that Corellium offered customers an alternative to buying on eBay “jailbroken iPhones,” which allow users to download apps that are not authorized by Apple.
Still buying jailbroken iPhones on eBay? @CorelliumHQ is now offering on-site solutions for the enterprise. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
— Corellium (@CorelliumHQ) January 22, 2019
Apple said it encourages “white hat” hacking, which involves getting hackers to find vulnerabilities in its products and report them.
Apple offers rewards for “white hat” hacking. Last week, the company announced it is offering up to $1.5 million for a single vulnerability that a researcher can find on its special iPhone and privately report to them.
In the lawsuit, Apple said it is not discouraging “good-faith security research.” They alleged that Corellium is marketing its product for more nefarious purposes.
“Far from assisting in fixing vulnerabilities, Corellium encourages its users to sell any discovered information on the open market to the highest bidder,” Apple alleged. “Enough is enough,” it added.