Apple acquired malware detection firm SourceDNA in 2016

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in General Discussion edited May 6
Apple acquired malware detection startup SourceDNA in 2016, an acquisition that went unreported until it was revealed during testimony in the Epic Games v. Apple trial.

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Credit: James Yarema/Unsplash


SourceDNA was a startup that created an automated system for checking apps for malware or malicious code. Emails revealed during Apple's trial with Epic Games indicate that the company was interested in acquiring SourceDNA in 2015.

"The XcodeGhost issue has generated much more interest in acquiring SourceDNA," said Trystan Kosmynka, a senior director of Apple's App Review process. "Now would be an opportunistic time to resume these conversations."

The email refers to XcodeGhost, a piece of malware that tainted a slew of apps on the App Store in 2015. SourceDNA in 2015 also revealed the existence of third-party developer tools that were secretly recording information in violation of Apple's guidelines.

According to the email, Kosmynka's case for acquiring SourceDNA included its "world class" engineer and security expert founder Nate Lawson, its patented binary analysis technology, and its custom built decompiler, among other reasons.

During his testimony on Thursday, Kosmynka also expanded on the tools that Apple uses to catch malware in the App Store review process. He said that SourceDNA engineers re-built a newer tool based on the startup's technology after it was acquired by Apple.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 10
    MacProMacPro Posts: 19,314member
    Apple should buy IBM whilst they are at it.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 2 of 10
    genovellegenovelle Posts: 1,180member
    I’m trying to understand what this has to do with Epic and why they are releasing Apple Private data publicly. 
    killroyDogpersonwatto_cobra
  • Reply 3 of 10
    pujones1pujones1 Posts: 219member
    Epic is throwing crap at the wall to see what sticks. 
    killroywatto_cobra
  • Reply 4 of 10
    genovelle said:
    I’m trying to understand what this has to do with Epic and why they are releasing Apple Private data publicly. 
    Because Epic is a disgusting company ran by people who are largely owned by Chinese communists.

    above is fact , google it
    BeatsGabycornchipkillroyDogpersonwatto_cobra
  • Reply 5 of 10
    This helps Apple, not Epic. It shows Apple is taking security seriously as they been saying so they is why they don’t want to let anyone load any crap on their store.

    how does this help Epic? These Epic Chinese communists need to get their brains checked 
    mwhiteBeatscornchipkillroywatto_cobra
  • Reply 6 of 10
    BeatsBeats Posts: 2,337member
    genovelle said:
    I’m trying to understand what this has to do with Epic and why they are releasing Apple Private data publicly. 


    Epic is on a smear campaign and I’m thinking they’re lifting the veil on Apple secrets to ruin them. If Apple didn’t disclose this acquisition it was for a reason.

    Apple should sue the heck out of Epic for damages after this is done. 
    killroyDogpersonwatto_cobra
  • Reply 7 of 10
    Fidonet127Fidonet127 Posts: 235member
    Interesting, in that this is part of the cost of running an App Store that people don’t consider. This puts Apple’s App Store above other potential App Stores, not having this software and expertise. 
    killroywatto_cobra
  • Reply 8 of 10
    Rayz2016Rayz2016 Posts: 6,777member
    genovelle said:
    I’m trying to understand what this has to do with Epic and why they are releasing Apple Private data publicly. 
    Because they’re hoping Apple will cave if they threaten to reveal strategic secrets. 
    killroywatto_cobra
  • Reply 9 of 10
    uraharaurahara Posts: 531member
    This helps Apple, not Epic. It shows Apple is taking security seriously as they been saying so they is why they don’t want to let anyone load any crap on their store.

    how does this help Epic? These Epic Chinese communists need to get their brains checked 
    I might have missed, but where does it say in the article that it was revealed and presented as evidence by Epic?

    It seems that Apple presented it. They want to show that their review process brings value to the consumer, and it's not that easily replaceable by just setting up alternative shops on iOS.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 10 of 10
    killroykillroy Posts: 108member
    MacPro said:
    Apple should buy IBM whilst they are at it.

    And get into the SCO, IBM, Microsoft crap. I say no way.
    Rayz2016watto_cobra
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