Apple insisted in a letter to United States Congress on Sunday that there is no evidence that its servers were infiltrated by Chinese spy chips.
The letter, from Apple VP of Information Security George Stathakopoulos, said the company’s proprietary security tools, which monitor continuously for the existence of malware and other malicious activity, show no evidence of such activity.
“Apple’s proprietary security tools are continuously scanning for precisely this kind of outbound traffic, as it indicates the existence of malware or other malicious activity. Nothing was ever found,” he wrote in the letter.
Reuters obtained a copy of the letter, publishing it on Sunday.
Apple maintains that despite reports to the contrary, it has never found malicious chips or vulnerabilities planted in any of their servers, nor has the company been contacted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) over those concerns. Stathakopoulos will be available to brief Congressional staff on the issue this week.
The denials from Apple and other tech firms follows a report from last week that Apple, Amazon, and other tech firms had found “spy chips” on motherboards powering their servers. Bloomberg continues to stand by its story.