iPhone, Android users ALERT! Google warns of Italian spyware out to hack your phone

    An Italian company's hacking tools were used to spy on Apple Inc (AAPL.O) and Android smartphones in Italy and Kazakhstan, informs Google. Check details here.
    By: HT TECH
    | Updated on: Jun 25 2022, 13:21 IST
    Google has revealed that an Italian company's hacking tools were used to spy on Apple iPhones and Android smartphones. (Representative Image)
    Google has revealed that an Italian company's hacking tools were used to spy on Apple iPhones and Android smartphones. (Representative Image) (Reuters)
    Google has revealed that an Italian company's hacking tools were used to spy on Apple iPhones and Android smartphones. (Representative Image)
    Google has revealed that an Italian company's hacking tools were used to spy on Apple iPhones and Android smartphones. (Representative Image) (Reuters)

    In a shocking development it has been revealed that your iPhone and Android phones are at risk. As per the information a tool has been developed to spy on personal messages and contacts of the targeted devices. Alphabet Inc's Google has said in a report that an Italian company's hacking tools were used to spy on Apple Inc and Android smartphones in Italy and Kazakhstan. According to the report, Milan-based RCS Lab, whose website claims European law enforcement agencies as clients, developed tools to spy on private messages and contacts of the targeted devices. However, Google said it had taken steps to protect users of its Android operating system and alerted them about the spyware.

    "These vendors are enabling the proliferation of dangerous hacking tools and arming governments that would not be able to develop these capabilities in-house," Google said. According to a report by Reuters, commenting on the issue, an Apple spokesperson said the company had revoked all known accounts and certificates associated with this hacking campaign. RCS Lab said its products and services comply with European rules and help law enforcement agencies investigate crimes.

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    Reuters was further informed via an email, "RCS Lab personnel are not exposed, nor participate in any activities conducted by the relevant customers." RCS Lab further said that it condemned any abuse of its products.

    It can be known that the global industry making spyware for governments has been growing, with more companies developing interception tools for law enforcement. Anti-surveillance activists accuse them of aiding governments that in some cases use such tools to crack down on human rights and civil rights, said Reuters in a report.

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    As per the report, the industry came under a global spotlight when the Israeli surveillance firm NSO's Pegasus spyware was in recent years found to have been used by multiple governments to spy on journalists, activists, and dissidents.

    Though not as stealthy as Pegasus, RCS Lab's tool can still be used to read messages and view passwords, said Bill Marczak, a security researcher with digital watchdog Citizen Lab. "This shows that even though these devices are ubiquitous, there's still a long way to go in securing them against these powerful attacks," he was quoted as saying by Reuters.

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    First Published Date: 25 Jun, 13:21 IST
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