The Justice Department is targeting a lucrative deal between apple and Google, one of the biggest antitrust cases the U.S. government is investigating, the New York Times reported. On Tuesday, the Justice Department filed an antitrust lawsuit against Google, claiming that the mountain view based company used anti competitive and exclusive practices in the search and advertising markets to maintain its illegal monopoly. < / P > < p > in 2017, apple updated an agreement to keep Google’s search engine as a preselected option on Apple’s devices. Apple is expected to receive an estimated $8 billion to $12 billion a year in exchange for making Google the default search engine for its devices and services, including the iPhone and Siri, the New York Times reported. This is considered the biggest payment Google has ever made to anyone, accounting for 14% to 21% of Apple’s annual profits. Prosecutors said the deal represents an illegal means to protect Google’s monopoly and stifle competition. At present, nearly half of Google’s search traffic comes from Apple devices. The prospect of losing the agreement is described as & quot; terrible & quot;, which is the company’s internal & quot; red code & quot; scenario. Because of Google’s advertising system, Google’s search traffic is indispensable in its business model. < p > < p > Apple has also been attacked for acquiescing in the deal and squeezing more money through regular renegotiation, thus promoting anti competitive behavior. Although the two companies are competitors in Silicon Valley, the agreement is said to be described as part of an unlikely alliance of competitors. < / P > < p > the Department of justice complaint cites a senior Apple employee’s statement in 2018 that & quot; our vision is that we work as if we were a company & quot;. Legal intervention threatens a chunk of Apple’s revenue, but it’s even more dangerous for Google, which seems to have no way to replace the traffic it will lose. The New York Times speculated that such a break-up could prompt apple to acquire or build its own search engine, which in turn would pose a greater threat to Google. Global Tech