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An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Apple has expanded a lawsuit against an iOS virtualization company, claiming that its actions facilitate jailbreaking and violate the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) prohibition on circumvention of copyright-protection systems. Apple sued Corellium, a company that sells access to virtual machines that run copies of the operating system used in iPhones and iPads, in August 2019. Apple said that Corellium sells “perfect replicas” of iOS without a license from Apple and markets its software as “a research tool for those trying to discover security vulnerabilities and other flaws in Apple’s software.” But instead of aiding good-faith security research, Corellium “encourages its users to sell any discovered information on the open market to the highest bidder,” Apple alleged.

The first version of Apple’s lawsuit accused Corellium of copyright infringement. A new version filed on December 27 alleges both copyright infringement and “unlawful trafficking of a product used to circumvent security measures in violation of 17 U.S.C. 1201,” a statute that’s part of the DMCA. Apple argued that Corellium gives users the ability to jailbreak iOS for either benign or malicious purposes. In response to the new allegations, Corellium CEO Amanda Gorton said “Apple’s latest filing against Corellium should give all security researchers, app developers, and jailbreakers reason to be concerned.”

Corellium is “deeply disappointed by Apple’s persistent demonization of jailbreaking,” with Gorton writing that “developers and researchers rely on jailbreaks to test the security of both their own apps and third-party apps.” Apple’s filing, according to Corellium, essentially “assert[s] that anyone who provides a tool that allows other people to jailbreak, and anyone who assists in creating such a tool, is violating the DMCA.” Apple, Gorton wrote, “is using this case as a trial balloon in a new angle to crack down on jailbreaking” and “is seeking to set a precedent to eliminate public jailbreaks.”

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