ChatGPT down for you yesterday? OpenAI says DDoS attacks were responsible

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ChatGPT has become my artificial intelligence tool, replacing Google for searches and Siri for queries on my iPhone. Imagine my surprise yesterday when I went to ask for a better way to describe something and was met with an outage.

OpenAI Report Periodic outages to ChatGPT and APIs yesterday, later saying these were “due to an unusual traffic pattern reflective of a DDoS attack.”

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A Distributed Denial of Services (DDoS) attack involves malicious actors intentionally flooding the target’s bandwidth, in this case, overwhelming the servers with a flood of ChatGPT traffic. Since the heavy load of traffic is known to overwhelm ChatGPT’s servers, it is not surprising that hackers would resort to a DDoS attack to disrupt its service.

The Latest update Notifying users of a DDoS attack came at 7:49 pm PST last night, and it looks like ChatGPT is up and running as usual today.

The cyber attack took place on Monday during OpenAI’s Dev Day, the company’s first developer conference.

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Just yesterday, OpenAI made 16 GPTs available to many paid Enterprise and Plus customers. These customized chatbots can perform specific tasks like a Sous Chef to create recipes with ingredients from your fridge or a Coloring Book Hero to create coloring pages from your prompts.

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