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November 10, 2023

OpenAI Faces Cyber Siege: ChatGPT Succumbs to DDoS Onslaught

Unraveled the mystery behind ChatGPT's recent digital rollercoaster—it's a DDoS (distributed denial-of-service) attack

In a digital battlefield, OpenAI's prized creation, ChatGPT, found itself under siege as a relentless DDoS attack wreaked havoc, causing intermittent service disruptions for the last 24 hours. Users attempting to engage with the AI-powered chatbot were met with a stern message proclaiming, "ChatGPT is at capacity right now," leaving many locked out of the service.

Initially, OpenAI CEO Sam Altman attributed the disruptions to overwhelming interest in the platform's freshly unveiled features at the developer conference. However, the company later updated its incident report, revealing an ongoing struggle against "periodic outages" caused by an abnormal traffic pattern reminiscent of a DDoS attack.

Anonymous Sudan, a hacktivist group, proudly claimed responsibility for this digital onslaught, citing OpenAI's alleged bias towards Israel and against Palestine as the motive. Despite OpenAI's efforts to mitigate the situation, the cyber siege persisted, leaving the fate of ChatGPT and its developer tools hanging in the balance.

In a parallel struggle, OpenAI's competitor Anthropic faced similar challenges with its AI-powered Claude chatbot, raising questions about potential connections between the two incidents. As the digital dust settles, the tech community watches anxiously, awaiting the resolution of this cyber saga and the restoration of normalcy to the AI.

Neil Hodgson Coyle
Neil Hodgson-Coyle
Editorial chief at TechNews180
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