OpenAI's ChatGPT, the celebrated AI chatbot, finds itself in the midst of disruption as a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack wreaks havoc. Over the past 24 hours, users encountered sporadic outages, greeted with a message stating, "ChatGPT is at capacity right now."
Initially attributing the issues to overwhelming interest post-unveiling new features, OpenAI CEO Sam Altman stated the problem was fixed by 1 p.m. PST on November 8. However, the situation took a darker turn as the company updated its incident report, revealing "periodic outages" due to an abnormal traffic pattern indicative of a DDoS attack.
In a surprising twist, hacktivist group Anonymous Sudan claimed responsibility for the alleged attack in a series of Telegram messages. Despite its name, security researchers associate the group with Russia, raising concerns about cyber threats to AI platforms.
The incident comes hot on the heels of Anthropic, OpenAI's competitor, facing issues with its AI-powered Claude chatbot, signaling potential industry-wide challenges. As the cyber landscape evolves, the intersection of artificial intelligence and security takes center stage, prompting heightened vigilance and preparedness across the tech community. Stay tuned as the fallout from this DDoS attack unfolds.