The U.S. Justice Department is intervening in Apple’s copyright lawsuit against cybersecurity firm Correllium– a move that Apple’s lawyers have opposed in court. Apple filed a lawsuit against Correllium in August 2019, alleging that the security company’s iOS virtualization software violated Apple’s intellectual property rights. In February, Apple even sent a letter to Santander and L3Harris Technologies to get information about users of Corellium software.
Now, the Justice Department appears to be asking Apple to delay subpoenaing Corellium co-founder Chirs Wade. The government has not specified the reasons for the delay, but said it wants to know what evidence Apple’s lawyers will present before questioning Wade, Forbes reported.
In documents filed Friday against the Justice Department’s motion, Apple’s lawyers wrote that the evidence included “photos obtained by Apple” that “revealed highly sensitive information about sources and methods related to Apple’s internal investigation.”
The tech giant said it was willing to hand over the evidence to the authorities, but wanted assurances that the information would be kept confidential. “Apple and the court still do not know whether the government has any real interest in this operation,” Apple’s lawyers wrote. The government has not provided any compelling reason, let alone evidence, that Apple is unfairly biased in preparing for a handling motion and trial. “
In Friday’s filing, lawyers released evidence showing emails between the Justice Department and Apple, suggesting that the Justice Department would like to see evidence from Apple so that they might “use the evidence to help assess (their) interests in the lawsuit.” “
Earlier, Corellium cited “national security issues” in Apple’s forensics, and a judge in the case questioned why the government did not come forward to discuss the issues. Forbes said the government’s interests could be linked to a criminal investigation that has no direct connection to Apple or Corellium.
Back in December, Corellium wrote that it was “deeply disappointed by Apple’s continued demonization of the jailbreak,” saying security researchers rely on jailbreak software to enhance the app’s defenses.