“No evidence” of iOS Mail security breach

Apple has said that there was “no evidence” that hackers have been able to use exploits in iOS to target customers after it completed a thorough investigation last week.

The official statement follows a report published by cyber security enterprise ZecOps that went into deal about three specific vulnerabilities in Apple’s mobile operating software that target the Mail app.

ZecOps claimed that malicious third parties had been able to target high-profile individuals, including several from a Fortune 500 company in North America and other executives in Japan and Germany.

The news made headlines in midweek, with reports claiming that the issue could be a problem for Apple device owners using the Mail client.

However, Apple revealed on Friday that after an internal investigation, it was not able to corroborate any of the details in the report.

The Cupertino-based company said that it takes “security threats seriously” and responds quickly to any reports related to the issue.

It noted: “We have thoroughly investigated the researcher’s report and, based on the information provided, have concluded these issues do not pose an immediate risk to our users.”

Apple said that the vulnerabilities listed by ZecOps were insufficient for any hackers attempting to bypass security protections on its mobile devices.

It also said that there was no evidence that any customers had been compromised due to the vulnerabilities listed.

Apple will address the potential issues in an upcoming software update, which is likely to be iOS 13.4.5.

It concluded by saying that it will credit the researcher highlighting the iOS vulnerabilities and that it continues to collaborate with researchers to “keep users safe”.

ZecOps said that it was happy that Apple was working on a patch but continued to state that a “few organisations” were potentially vulnerable to the issue after looking closely at its own data.

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