in italy some hacking tools were used to spy on andriod and apple

Apple (AAPL) and the governments of Italy and Kazakhstan did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Google said it had taken steps to protect users of its Android operating system and alerted them about the spyware

world wide spyware is growing rapidly

Anti-surveillance activists accuse them of aiding governments

The industry came under a global spotlight when the Israeli surveillance firm NSO's Pegasus spyware

While RCS Lab's tool may not be as stealthy as Pegasus,

it can still read messages and view passwords, said Bill Marczak, a security researcher with digital watchdog Citizen Lab.