It has been reported that, in a joint research project, scientists from the Horst Görtz Institute for IT Security at Ruhr-Universität Bochum and from Max Planck Institute for Security and Privacy have discovered a critical vulnerability is hidden in FPGAs’. Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) are flexibly programmable computer chips that are considered to be very secure components and are deployed in many applications. The team has called the security bug “Starbleed” and attackers can gain complete control over the chips and their functionalities via the vulnerability. Since the bug is integrated into the hardware, the security risk can only be removed by replacing the chips. The manufacturer of the FPGAs has been informed by the researchers and has already reacted.