Those who care about the exciting soap operas surrounding Apple's legal disputes will certainly remember the case, commented by us last August, when Ma filed a lawsuit against the virtualization company. Corellium on account of an alleged iOS copy, made available by the company to its customers in virtual environments for testing and experimentation.
For today Corellium replied: according to Motherboard, the company filed a targeted counter-suit Apple, stating that the Cupertino giant must $ 300,000 her and her iOS virtualization software does not violate any kind of usage rule in fact, it "provides a bad service" as it allows developers and hackers to test the system in a secure environment, enhancing the discovery of bugs and holes .
Specifically, Corellium dismisses Apple's accusation that its illegal product violates intellectual property and helps researchers create hacking tools for iOS devices. The company notes that a few days before the first lawsuit was filed, Ma expanded its bug tracking program to distribute unlocked iPhones to accredited researchers; According to Corellium, combining the launch of the program with action against Apple, Apple wants to "control permissions to find vulnerabilities on iOS." Or, more precisely:
Considering its invitation-only device search program and this process, Apple is trying to control who can identify vulnerabilities, when and how it will handle vulnerabilities it finds, and whether it even discloses the vulnerabilities to the public.
As for the $ 300,000, Corellium claims that Apple has always had a close relationship with one of its founders, Chris Wade. The Cupertino giant would have even invited Wade to join his bug research program and offered him a job in 2017 (both offers were denied); From 1 to c, the developer would have found and reported Apple seven bugs which, theoretically, would be worth $ 300,000 that were never paid for an indefinite reason (Corellium explains the reason in the lawsuit, but the snippet was censored for secrecy). ).
According to sources heard by Motherboard, Apple even had plans to buy Corellium at a given time; in another article, the Forbes He said Ma tried to acquire another company from Wade, which offered a similar product. Neither plan came forward, and Apple did not comment on the case, replicating only the text used at the time of the original lawsuit.
Clearly, this case goes far beyond what we initially thought and we will have to wait for the next chapters to know exactly what lies beneath that hook.