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Apple's Software Upgrade Has Serious Security Flaw

A new feature of Apple's latest upgrade to OS X, nicknamed Tiger, is Dashboard, a handy kit of simple mini-programs that let you easily perform a host of valuable little tasks. Tiger comes with a dozen or so of these ''widgets," as Apple calls them. Apple made it easy for programmers to whip up widgets to sell or give away. But, serious damage could be done if someone wrote a malignant widget that automatically installed itself and attacked its host.

Apple gives identity thieves a way in, Boston Globe, May 16, 2005.