Breaking: OpenAI API and ChatGPT Experiencing ‘Major Outage’ [Resolved and Explained]
Updated: The issue was resolved at 10:16 a.m. Thursday morning, OpenAI essentially confirmed that the API is facing a DDoS attack, meaning malicious efforts to drown an online service in requests beyond its capacity.
“We are dealing with periodic outages due to an abnormal traffic pattern reflective of a DDoS attack. We are continuing work to mitigate this.”
Where the attack came from isn’t known, though there are reports of hacker groups claiming credit on Telegram.
OpenAI is investigating a ‘major outage’ of both its API and ChatGPT. The company’s status page reported it was investigating the issue a little before 9 a.m. Eastern Time and said it had identified the issue and was working on fixes as of 9:50 a.m. We will continue to update this story as it develops.
ChatGPT Down Before
ChatGPT previously went down on March 20 this year when OpenAI rushed to fix a security flaw uncovered by Gil Nagli, CEO of cybersecurity software firm Shockwave.cloud. That case involved a “web cache deception” that made it possible method for hackers to gain access to someone else’s ChatGPT account, including their history and the billing information of premium users. OpenAI later said the impact was limited to 1.2% or fewer of ChatGPT Plus subscribers over a nine-hour period and no non-paying users at all. Partially in response, OpenAI set up a Bug Bounty program that would pay as much as $20,000 to those who discovered issues.