Apple Inc. (AAPL.O) stated Thursday it found “no evidence” that a bug was used against customers in its email app for iPhones and iPads, and claims that the vulnerability does “not pose an immediate risk to our users”.

San Francisco-based security company ZecOps outlined on Wednesday a bug it said could have left over half a billion iPhones accessible to hackers.

Zuk Avraham, chief executive of ZecOps, told he found evidence that the weakness was used in at least six break-ins for cybersecurity.

Avraham stated he found evidence that the vulnerability had been exploited by an intruder as far back as January 2018 but he could not decide who the hackers were.

Apple on Wednesday recognized the flaw that existed in its iPhone and iPad email apps, known as the Mail app, and said that the company had created a patch that would be implemented in an upcoming update to millions of devices that it has sold worldwide.

Apple, on Thursday, denied reports from Avraham that the hack was being used against users of the iPhone.

Apple, in a statement, said, “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; the researcher identified three issues in Mail, but alone they are insufficient to bypass iPhone and iPad security protections, and we have found no evidence they were used against customers.”

Avraham did not immediately reply to a request for comment on the argument made by Apple.

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