Anyone who cares about the exciting soap operas involving Apple’s legal disputes will certainly remember the case, commented by us last August, in which Apple filed a lawsuit against the virtualization company Corellium because of an alleged copy of iOS, made available by the company to its customers in virtual environments for tests and experiments.
Today, Corellium replied: according to the Motherboard, the company filed a counter-suit directed at Apple, stating that the Cupertino giant must $ 300,000 to her and that her iOS virtualization software does not violate any kind of usage rule – in fact, it “provides a service to Apple”, as it allows developers and hackers to test the system in a safe environment, enhancing the discovery of bugs and loopholes.
Specifically, Corellium rejects Apple’s accusation that its product is illegal, violates intellectual property and helps researchers create hacking tools for iOS devices. The company recalls that, a few days before the first lawsuit was moved, Apple expanded its bug-hunting program, starting to distribute unlocked iPhones to accredited researchers; according to Corellium, joining the launch of the program with the lawsuit filed against the company, Apple wants to «control the permissions to find vulnerabilities in iOS». Or, more precisely:
Considering its device research program, available only by invitation, and this process, Apple is trying to control who can identify vulnerabilities, when and how it will address vulnerabilities found and whether it will even disclose the vulnerabilities found 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 even have invited Wade to join its bug research program and offered him a job in 2017 (both offers were denied); since then, the developer would have found and reported to Apple seven bugs which, in theory, would be worth US $ 300 thousand – which were never paid, for an indefinite reason (Corellium explains the reason in the process, but the passage was censored in secret of justice).
According to sources heard by the Motherboard, Apple even had plans to buy Corellium at any given time; in another report, the Forbes claimed that Apple tried to acquire another company from Wade, which offered a similar product. None of the plans went ahead, 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 few chapters to find out exactly what is under this angu.