Apple has settled its 2019 lawsuit with Corellium, a company that builds virtual iOS devices that used security researchers to find bugs on iPhones and other iOS devices, Washington Post reported. The terms of the settlement have not been disclosed, but the agreement comes after Apple suffered a large court loss in dispute at the end of 2020.
Corellium software allows users to run virtual iPhones on a PC browser, giving them deep access to iOS without the need for a physical device. In addition to accusing Corellium of infringing its copyright, Apple said the company was selling its products indiscriminately, jeopardizing the platform’s security.
In particular, Apple accused the company of selling its products to governments that could test their products for defects. When he was employed by another company, Corellium co-founder David Wang helped the FBI unlock an iPhone used by a terrorist responsible for the San Bernardino attacks.
However, the judge dismissed the copyright lawsuits, calling them “enigmatic, if not fake.” He wrote in its decision that “the Court found that Corellium had fulfilled the burden of establishing fair use”, adding that its use of iOS in that context was permissible.
Corellium began offering its platform to individual subscribers earlier this year, after previously making it available only to business users. Each access request is checked individually so as not to fall into the wrong hands for malicious purposes, the company said.
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