Apple announced on Tuesday that it has filed a lawsuit against Israeli cyber firm NSO Group and its parent business OSY Technologies for allegedly using its Pegasus spyware to spy on and target Apple users in the United States.

To prevent further exploitation, Apple said it is seeking a ban on NSO Group from using any Apple software, services, or devices.

Apple is the latest in a long line of firms and nations to go after NSO, the creator of the Pegasus hacking tool, which human rights activists and journalists believe was used to target them. The corporation was placed on a trade blacklist by US officials earlier this month. Microsoft Corp, Meta Platforms, Alphabet and Cisco Systems have all taken legal action against NSO.

NSO is accused of evading security for these companies' goods and offering that circumvention to foreign governments in the form of hacking tools.

NSO, which claims to sell its tools only to governments and law enforcement agencies and has controls in place to avoid misuse, stated in a statement that its tools have saved "thousands of lives."

"Pedophiles and terrorists can operate freely in technical safe-havens, and we equip countries with legal instruments to combat this." The NSO Group will continue to fight for the truth, according to a statement.Apple says it is suing Israeli hacker-for-hire company

Apple claims that NSO's tools were used in "concerted efforts in 2021 to target and attack Apple customers" and that "U.S. citizens have been surveilled by NSO's spyware on mobile devices that can and do cross international borders," according to its complaint filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.

NSO Group allegedly established over 100 false Apple ID user credentials to carry out its assaults, according to Apple. Apple claims that its systems were not hacked, but that NSO abused and manipulated them to launch attacks against Apple users.

Apple also claimed that NSO Group was actively involved in providing consultancy services for the attacks, which is notable given that NSO claims to sell its tools to clients.

"Defendants force Apple to participate in a never-ending arms race: even as Apple develops solutions and improves the security of its devices, Defendants are constantly updating their viruses and exploits to circumvent Apple's own security improvements," Apple stated.

Apple claims it has found no indication of NSO's tools being used against Apple devices running iOS 15, the company's most recent mobile operating system.

The iPhone maker announced that it will donate $10 million to cyber-surveillance research organizations, including Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto, which was the first to detect NSO's attacks.