Apple sues company that sells a virtual iPhone complete with iOS

Apple sues company that sells a virtual iPhone complete with iOS
We know that Apple is giving away special iPhones to certain security researchers who are looking for a big payday that could add up to as much as $1.5 million. The big jackpot will go to the researcher who finds a flaw in the iPhone and iOS that will allow a hacker to take full control over an iPhone without the phone's owner having to touch any part of the device. That discovery is good enough for $1 million dollars. Any vulnerability found on beta software will reward the researcher with a 50% bonus. That's because the discovery is taking place before the software has been disseminated to the public.

To help researchers find flaws in iOS, a company called Corellium has been offering them a virtual version of the iPhone and iOS over the last few years. According to Bloomberg, Apple is not taking this sitting down and has filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida for what it calls "a straightforward case of infringement of highly valuable copyrighted works." Apple points out that without obtaining a license or permission from Apple, Corellium offers a "virtual" version of Apple's devices with "fastidious attention to detail." The tech giant says that not only does the facsimile look and respond the same on a web browser as the mobile device that its customers pay for, Corellium also includes the appropriate computer code.

And sure, you might say that Corellium is doing Apple a big favor by selling the virtual iPhone because it will help researchers pass along their findings to Apple. However, as Apple points out in the suit, those who paid to use the virtual iPhone ended up selling discovered flaws to third-party exploit traders. This makes sense because a private installation of the virtual iPhone costs as much as $1 million according to the court papers filed by Apple.

Corellium's subscribers can choose the iPhone model and the version of iOS they want to virtually run

Apple claims that at the Black Hat security conference that took place earlier this month, Corellium "specifically emphasized" that its Apple Product is an exact copy of Apple's copyrighted works and was created to help researchers and hackers test iOS for vulnerabilities. Apple even points out that 15 days after unveiling the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR on September 12, 2018, Corellium announced that its Apple Product supported the new phones and the latest version of iOS.

An image included in the suit shows how Corellium subscribers can even choose which virtual iPhone they want to use and then select the version of iOS that they want to run on it. Once a subscriber has created a virtual iPhone, copies of the virtual device and the iOS version selected can be made. Apple alleges that Corellium's servers contain "numerous copies of iOS."

Apple is seeking a permanent injunction against Corellium and an order preventing the company from marketing, selling, and distributing its Apple Product. Apple also wants to stop all subscribers from using the virtual iPhone and wants the defendant to issue a notice to past and present subscribers telling them that use of the product infringes on Apple's copyrights. Apple also wants all infringing material destroyed and is seeking damages, lost profits, court costs and attorney’s fees.



1. iCloud

Posts: 125; Member since: May 15, 2014

The last sentence with "lost of profits" just pisses me off. That's all this is about, lost of profits. Exploits and hacks will always exist and never end.

2. Mrmark

Posts: 396; Member since: Jan 26, 2013


3. slim3bdo

Posts: 173; Member since: Jun 05, 2017

iOS is so safe , yet the whole OS is hacked . Any sane person would see that apple claim of security is a BS propaganda to sell more of this limited function , user info gathering devices , all in the name of security .

9. civicsr2cool

Posts: 269; Member since: Oct 19, 2016

Yup, there hasn't been a version of iOS firmware YET that hasn't been jailbroken.. Yet there has been zero root exploits for Galaxy phones since what the s7? Excluding the leaked s8 engineering kernel.

11. Georgio

Posts: 248; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

Wlim3bdo the whole os is hacked , propaganda and Bs...Its all in your head!! Everything you said is BS. That's coming from someone who's using and enjoying both platforms.

14. slim3bdo

Posts: 173; Member since: Jun 05, 2017

Lol . iphones have been hacked since the 1st iphone to unlock it and use it in any network " jailbreak " which later contributed to hacking ios apps and the start of big pirate sites , and jailbreaking never stopped , heck apple it self made a hacked firmware which later used by regular consumers through a device sold on ebay which was able to hack any iphone to a certain firmware , and lastly a security firm found that apple sells its users data and location to 3rd party , even if iphone users turn the ad switch off it will still collect and send . you look very stupid and isheep troll , so grow up and start using your mind instead of regurgitating what ever you hear without thinking .

17. Georgio

Posts: 248; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

And again ; is all in your head ;android sheep!! All the things u said are not hacks!! Poor you ; I know its hard when u can't afford something. hhaha u are like 2 year old kid ; no one believes your lies and u look very stupid when u try so hard. Android sheep! Probably u don't even have a decent android phone. Looooool

4. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

If one company can make a software like "iOS", there's no excuse for others to use a bad/old version of Android (except laziness and/or bad programming teams).

7. TheOracle1

Posts: 2264; Member since: May 04, 2015

Stop deflecting Leo. I thought IOS was superior, secure, the greatest, unhackable, solves climate change and cures cancer? You iSheep are pathetic.

10. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

How am I deflecting? Maybe Apple trolls are not aware that Apple gives some companies access to iPhones with more opened versions of iOS in order for them to find AND REPORT vulnerabilities. Of course iOS is all that - nothing has changed - it's just that it was copied - without the approval - and runs without a license on non-Apple hardware. PS: up yours, mofo, and all the iSheep part of your brain.

12. TBomb

Posts: 1484; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

I think TheOracle1 was getting at your random bringing up of Android on an Apple vs Corellium article. You mention Android being subpar to iOS - something unrelated to the article. You didn't reply to any comment above for it to be a response to someone. Android is not mentioned in the entire article. That is, until your comment (#4). Go ahead and Control+F it. EDIT: Sorry, I meant "Command+F" it... Don't know what I was thinking.

15. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

First of all, iOS is a better OS than Android in many aspects (like security or updates) - just deal with that. Second, nowhere have I talked about Android, I have only talked about BAD/OLD VERSIONS of Android; if a small company like... whatever the name can copy so fast a version of iOS, LG - which is a giant - has absolutely no excuse for not updating on time its phones - that's the main idea of my message, not dissing Android as a whole.

13. sissy246

Posts: 7112; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

No IOS is not all that. I don't get why you iPhone fans just can't admit it is hackable.

16. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

I don't know about iPhone fans, but you replied to my message so I will answer. Every OS is hackable, the thing is iOS is the LEAST hackable mobile OS.

20. oldskool50

Posts: 1550; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

That is a lie and completely false. Since all of them are hackable then that means all of them are equally insecure. Much like you are insecure. Windows,Android and iOS are all hackable. Hiw hackable an OS is depends on how experienced the hacker is. You have frikkin 12 year old kids hacking IOS. Just stop it dude. If a 12 year old can hack iOS that tells me its easy. I bet you can't do it though. You continue to show just how u educated you are about hardware and software. Just please be quiet and let the adults talk.

21. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

All I need to do in order to hack the data that is on some frigging Android device is take out the SD card and run a brute force soft on a powerful server. But that would take time, a simpler way is to make an app that directly accesses the data inside the apps I'm interested - I will need to ask permission when the phone runs an updated version of Android but fortunately I still have more than 2 billion devices that did not get updated and probably will get updated when I will find another way to get the data. If I have direct access to the phone, things are even simpler: there's a vulnerability, present in the last 3 versions of Android, that allows me to reset the master password. I can deal with ONE 12y old that can hack my iPhone (although no 12y old has ever hacked what was the latest version of iOS), I would worry about a few thousands "12y old" that can hack billions of Android device anytime they want. PS: you know how fast was fixed the BT vulnerability in iOS? It wasn't even reported and Apple fixed it. Now go build your sand castle, little troll :))!

22. oldskool50

Posts: 1550; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

That may be true for SOME Android devices, but not all. And the fact is brute force isn't some automatic process. You claim is complete an total BS. if it was that easy to hack ANy device, then these OEM's who give away money for peopel who find them, would be finding something daily. WHICH IS NOT THE CASE. And the only dumb troll here is you. There is no such thing as, my platform is harder to hack than yours. That has always been complete an uttered BS. All software is hackable. All you need is the knowledge and the right tool. Just because you have the tool, doesn't mean you know how to use it and since you are not smart enough to even talk like you have sense, you couldn't even hack into an open paper bag. The fact that a 12 year old hacked iOS, debunks your whole claim. Software always has code that is wrong and can be used to get backdoor access. The difference between IOS and Android, is Android is designed to be rooted for admin priviledges, and so is IOS and any other OS you can name. The idea is to close them. However, no OEM can find all bad code in their works. When you consider the fact, that operating systems have as much as 100M lines of code like Windows does, there are boudn to be errors. Mac OSX was the only operating system in existence, where you can simply wipe the code, while the OS is running. This has never been possible on Unix or Windows platforms...EVER! IOS is the only OS where a legitimate character, shut down the whole device. IOS is the ONLY OS that can't get daylight saving time right even after over a decade. It still breaks the calendar and other apps that rely on it and have to use the rundamentary DST that is in the OS vs devs bein able to put their own code for it. Since all platforms can be hack, regardless of how much time it takes, that means none are any more secure vs others. hwoever facts show Windows and Android are far and away more secure than IOS and Mac OS because they have to be more secure by default due to large market penetration. iOS was secure do to it lack of prevelance. Now that its runnign on 1.2B devices and counting, it is now an attractive platform because you data is still stored on the device and if you are an important person, a hacker could come at you. But to this day, no one with a mobile device has been directly hacked. Saysing an exploit could be used, and actually being used is 2 different things. IOS is not harder to hack when you consider, that every version of iOS has been jailbroken before Apple actually release the full firmware to the public. You are such a cynical waste of space in your little bubble of total ignorance.

24. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

"All you need is the knowledge and the right tool" Then "there's less knowledge and there are less tools when it comes to hacking iOS". GTFO with your 12y old that hacked iOS :))). Let me know when closing the system or having a bug in calendar means having access to my personal or system data. Saying that Windows and Android are more secure than iOS doesn't make them more secure, it just shows you are just a dumb ass troll; if I have access to a windows system, it takes me just a few minutes to get all the relevant data; the same happens to Android (I don't know how to exploit it, but as long as the vulnerability i talked about wasn't patched in the device - and there are hundreds of millions that are not updated - I can break into all of them). Considering the fact that the ransom for a vulnerability that gives access to system files in iOS was worth way more than a similar vulnerability in Android, it's only logical to say iOS is harder to hack than Android. Why else would people pay so much more, dumb ass :))).

23. oldskool50

Posts: 1550; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

Let me just give you some more facts. Windows and Android are considered top dogs and are used by many governements around the world including the US. Mac OSX has not receive the US Governments certification to be use by them or the military. But Android and Windows have. IOS has been given some certification, but not in mass scale; compared to Windows or Android. That says a lot right there. Android was certified by the US Gov for use starting with what I believe was 4.0. IOS didn't not get its certification until after iOS 7. Security by means of obscurity is a very false sense of security. It like fools who thing crimes don't happen in the suburbs. Sure, less crime is still not equal to no crime. Just like less hacks, is not equal to no hacks. All software is 100% hackable regardless of platform. being less attack is not equal to not ever being attacked. But see, you're to slow to even understand such simple points. But especially when YOU give lies and BS information, I'm gonna call you out on it; just like others are doing. I mean how dumb do you have to be to believe the display is extended around the notch vs the piece are simply cut that way. And even after showing you the manufacturers video showing you and tellign you that cutting the display after they make it is how it's made, you still deny it. You're just as stupid as Trump. Watch a video that shows the facts, and deny that is what the video is saying. It doesn't get any worse that.

25. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

If I remember correctly, potus - the most powerful person on the planet - uses iPhones, the same happens to top executives from big companies (like Huawei and Samsung :)))) ). Read my comments before posting your usual rant, troll, I never said that iOS is unhackable, I just said there are way few ways to gain access to the data and the exploits are very hard to implement; I'm ok with a device that needs hundreds of hours and millions of euro equipment to hack vs. a device that can be hacked by connecting it to a 2k$ server (5k$ to finish the job by dinner time). PS: panel ≠ display, dumb ass troll :)))). Apple could have decided to roll the display - as it did with the bottom of the iPhone - or EXTEND the display on the sides of the thin bezel - as it did with the top of the phone. What a funny troll :)))).

18. slim3bdo

Posts: 173; Member since: Jun 05, 2017

Its like telling a child the grass is green , and he replays no its not . I cant argue with children . Your post is enough to show how stupid you are .

19. oldskool50

Posts: 1550; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

While you are posting articles on Apple suing someone, why not post the latest news that a Class A ton Lawsuit has. Even filed against Apple for slowing down phones on purpose, bot telling customers and allowing them to dishonestly buy more phone leading to more sales.

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