(Reuters) – An Italian company’s hacking tool was used to spy on Apple Inc. and Android smartphones in Italy and Kazakhstan, Alphabet Inc.’s Google said in a report on Thursday.
The Milan-based RCS Lab, whose website claims European law enforcement agencies as customers, developed tools to spy on private messages and contacts from the targeted devices, according to the report.
European and US regulators have considered potential new rules for the sale and import of spyware.
“These vendors enable the proliferation of dangerous hacking tools and arm governments that would not be able to develop these features internally,” Google said.
The governments of Italy and Kazakhstan did not immediately respond to requests for comment. A spokesman for Apple said the company had revoked all known accounts and certificates associated with the hacking campaign.
RCS Lab said its products and services comply with European rules and help law enforcement agencies investigate crimes.