OpenAI Says It Appears to Have Been Attacked

Denial of Service OpenAI is struggling to keep its ChatGPT service online. Outages have been plaguing users of the popular AI chatbot for the past day or so. Users are reporting not being able to login, while others are greeted with the message¬†that “ChatGPT is at capacity right now.” In its most recent update, posted late Wednesday evening, OpenAI blamed a possible cyberattack for the “periodic outages,” claiming they were triggered by an “abnormal traffic pattern reflective of a DDoS attack,” referring to a distributed denial-of-service attack, which is when hackers target a server by overwhelming it with a flood of traffic. That’s the last time we’ve heard from OpenAI regarding the outages and according to Downdetector, problems with the company’s services are still ongoing at the time of writing. It’s still unclear what the exact cause of the outages was. According to Telegram messages reviewed by TechCrunch, a hacktivist group called Anonymous Sudan, which is linked to pro-Russian hacktivist collective Killnet, took credit. At the end of the day, though, the purported hack highlights the kind of persistent infrastructural vulnerabilities that plague even the largest and most cutting-edge players on the internet:¬†even if you’re developing world-changing AI, it can clearly be hard to keep a website operational day-to-day. Exceeding Expectations As far as a motive goes, a member of the hacktivist group posted on Telegram that it was targeting ChatGPT due to it having a “general biasness [sic] towards Israel and against Palestine,” per Forbes. OpenAI CEO Sam Altman…OpenAI Says It Appears to Have Been Attacked

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