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OpenAI has been suffering from periodic outages due to DDOS attacks.

Users of OpenAI’s API, ChatGPT and Dall-E were experiencing with intermittent outages. They would see messages from their queries saying that “something seems to have gone wrong” or “there was an error generating a response“ or “We’re experiencing exceptionally high demand. Please hang tight as we work on scaling our systems”. Those outages were due to a distributed denial of service attack. While OpenAI has yet to attribute the attacks, a threat attacker known as Anonymous Sudan has claimed responsibility for the attacks. They said that the reason for the attack was due to OpenAI’s general biases towards Israel and against Palestine. The group has been operating since January 2023 and had previously taken down Microsoft’s, OneDrive and Azure Portal in June 2023.

This segment was created for the It’s 5:05 podcast