The loophole exploits a feature of HTML 5 which defines how websites are made and what they can do.
Developer Faross Aboukhadijeh found the bug and set up a demo page that fills visitors hard drives with pictures of cartoon cats.
In one demo, Mr Aboukhadijeh managed to dump one gigabyte of data every 16 seconds onto a vulnerable Macbook.
Most major browsers, Chrome, Internet Explorer, Opera and Safari, were found to be vulnerable to the bug, said Mr Aboukhadijeh.
While most websites are currently built using version 4 of the Hyper Text Markup Language (HTML), that code is gradually being superseded by the newer version 5.
One big change brought in with HTML 5 lets websites store more data locally on visitors’ PCs. Safeguards built into the “local storage” specification should limit how much data can be stored. Different browsers allow different limits but all allow at least 2.5 megabytes to be stored.
One gigabyte of data every 16 seconds onto a vulnerable Macbook!!
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