New Delhi, Tech Desk. Alphabet Inc (GOOGL.O) Google said in a report on Thursday that a hacking tool from an Italian company was used to spy on Apple Inc (AAPLO) and Android smartphones in Italy and Kazakhstan.

The report revealed that Milan-based RCS Lab has developed tools to spy on private messages and contacts of target devices. Let us tell you that the website of RCS Lab claims that European Law Enforcement Agencies are its customers. European and US regulators are investigating possible new rules on the sale and importation of spyware. Google said these vendors are promoting dangerous hacking tools and providing a weapon to governments.

Apple took this step

The governments of Italy and Kazakhstan have yet to comment on the issue. But an Apple spokesperson said that the company has removed all known accounts and certifications associated with this hacking mission. RCS Lab said its products and services comply with European regulations and help law enforcement agencies investigate crimes. RCS Lab personnel participate in any activity done by the customers.

Android users got a warning

Google said it has taken steps to protect users of its Android operating system and alerted them to spyware named Hermit. Google said it has warned users targeted by the spyware and increased software security Is. Apple told that it has taken steps to protect iPhone users. According to the tech titan, Google’s threat team is tracking more than 30 companies that provide surveillance capabilities to governments. The global industry that produces spyware for governments is growing, with most companies developing interception tools for law enforcement.

Edited By: Ankita Pandey