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The hidden truth: the cyber attack on OpenAI and its consequences

The cyberattack that OpenAI kept hidden discovered: implications, criticisms and the future of AI security

OpenAI suffered a cyber attack in 2023 without informing the public. Although sensitive data was compromised, critical systems remained intact. The company has since improved security, but criticism of the incident and the spread of modified versions of ChatGPT raise concerns.

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According to a recent New York Times report, OpenAI suffered a cyberattack last year without making it known to the public. Company leaders did not deem it necessary to notify federal authorities, as the intrusion was not classified as a national security threat. Internal information reports that, in April 2023, the incident was only communicated within the company. Although the hackers were unable to penetrate critical systems used to develop and host their AI technology, some sensitive data was still compromised.

Responsible for the attack and potential implications

Investigations identified a single hacker, acting alone, as responsible for this attack. While the core technology behind ChatGPT has not been compromised, the exposure of confidential information raises serious concerns. According to the New York Times, the possibility that state actors, such as China, could exploit similar vulnerabilities cannot be overlooked. Following this event, OpenAI then took targeted actions to strengthen its cybersecurity and prevent further future breaches.

Criticisms of safety management

OpenAI has faced criticism for its security policies, particularly for failing to adequately protect its secrets from espionage attempts by foreign governments. Last May, the company said it had shut down five covert operations that sought to use their AI models for deceptive purposes. This episode raises further questions about OpenAI's ability to prevent unauthorized access and protect its cutting-edge technology from external threats, helping to intensify the debate about the security of advanced AI.

New concerns about AI safety

Recently, a modified version of ChatGPT, called "God Mod GPT", was released by some hackers, allowing the chatbot to be used for illicit purposes, such as producing drugs and weapons, via a jailbreak of the model. This incident demonstrates how the growing relevance of generative artificial intelligence, with its ability to process vast sets of data, requires increasingly sophisticated security measures. Protection against cyber attacks will become a crucial aspect in the future of AI development and deployment, particularly in sensitive and strategically important sectors.

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07/07/2024 13:28

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