Apple legal FOE to help in scanning child abuse material on iPhones

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Apple Inc, the iPhone making giant that filed a lawsuit on a software making firm dubbed Corellium has chosen to go soft on the latter, as it will be using the said company related service to track down iPhone users who are using the device to store and share child se$%^& abuse content.

Corellium is a business firm that offers iPhone scanning software to security researchers interested in inspecting virtual iPhones for R&D purposes. Apple chose to shut down the software making firm with a lawsuit as it was found violating the company’s intellectual property.

But by keeping aside the difference, the two companies seem to have joined hands for the good of iPhone users who are active online.

Corellium has launched an Open Security Initiative that will offer a $5000 grant to independent researchers interested in security and privacy of mobile applications. This will include scanning of Apple iPhones for explicit images of children and matching them with the database of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and then notifying the government about the guilty.

Currently, the iOS giant is looking into the pros and cons of allowing third party software to scan its user phones. As it doesn’t want to involve in any kind of controversy related to mobile security- a story observed in the Pegasus surveillance software developed by Israel-based NSO Group and used by various governments across the world to spy on citizens.

Note– Apple has taken security of its users seriously till date and has refused many government legal requests (including United States) to break into the iPhone technology to monitor the online activities of various iPhone users without a valid reason.

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Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security